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Black Boxes Urged for Vehicles

March 26, 2002

The former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called for black boxes to be installed in new cars and trucks as a way for federal regulators to collect uniform crash data, the Detroit News reported. Dr. Ricardo Martinez, who headed the NHTSA from 1994-99, urged the agency in October to maintain uniform data in a central database, and the findings could provide researchers a common set of data for auto crashes. Martinez said that about 11 manufacturers have already installed so-called “black box” recorders in their cars, trucks, sport/utility vehicles, and vans. NHTSA will seek public comments this spring, he said.
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