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The Obama administration's top auto safety regulator said automotive black boxes are essential to auto safety and said the government will protect motorists' privacy.

In a Detroit News interview, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland said he also opposed on/off switches that could allow motorists to turn off event data recorders, saying it would be a "horrible thing for safety."

Earlier this month, NHTSA proposed requiring all vehicles built after September 2014 to have event data recorders that capture information before and after a crash.

 


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