Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has announced its support for a proposed U.S. federal mandate to install event data recorders (EDRs) in all new vehicles. EDRs can provide important crash-related data that will help promote vehicle and occupant safety.

EDRs record data for retrieval after a crash that can assist in the understanding of how the vehicle’s systems performed. Data is stored for the short period just before and after a crash.

GM began widely installing the predecessor version of today’s EDRs in vehicles in model-year 1990. They became standard equipment in light-duty vehicles in the 1995 model year. A device that allows for limited public retrieval of the data in GM’s EDRs has been available since 1999.

“It is essential that decisions on important safety issues be supported by the best available data, and we are convinced that EDRs can help that process,” said Michael Robinson, vice-president of GM’s environment, energy and safety policy. “We agree with those who called for mandatory installation of, and greater use of the data from EDRs during recent Congressional hearings.” GM will work with NHTSA, Congress and others on this issue, including taking the necessary steps to assure that important concerns about privacy are adequately addressed.”

GM also supports wider availability of the crash data stored in EDRs. This data can help in determining crash causes more quickly, and can contribute significantly toward improving the amount and quality of real-world data in state and national safety databases.

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