Black Boxes Cars

December 7, 2012 - 3:34 AM
FILE - This July 16, 2003, file photo shows emergency officials assisting injured pedestrians after a car plowed through a crowded farmers market in Santa Monica, Calif. Many motorists don't know it, but it's likely that every time they get behind the wheel there's a snitch along for the ride. In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers include event data recorders, better known as "black boxes," in all new cars and light trucks. The NTSB has been pushing for recorders in all passenger vehicles since the board's investigation of the 2003 accident in which an elderly driver plowed through an open-air market in Santa Monica. Ten people were killed and 63 others injured. The driver refused to be interviewed and his 1992 Buick LeSabre didn't have a recorder. (AP Photo/Nate Rawner, File)