[First Reprint]


ASSEMBLY, No. 2090










Sponsored by:

Assemblyman NEIL M. COHEN

District 20 (Union)


District 3 (Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester)


Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Stack






    Requires motor vehicle manufacturers and subscription services to make disclosures about recording devices; regulates release of recording device data.



    As reported by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee on October 4, 2004, with amendments.


(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 6/28/2005)

An Act concerning disclosures by motor vehicle manufacturers and supplementing P.L.1960, c.39 (C.56:8-1 et seq.).


    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


    1. As used in this act:

    "Dealer" means a person who is actively engaged in the business of buying, selling or exchanging motor vehicles at retail and who has an established place of business.

    "Lease agreement" means a contract or other written agreement in the form of a lease for the use of a motor vehicle by a person for a period of time exceeding 60 days, whether or not the lessee has the option to purchase or otherwise become the owner of the motor vehicle at the expiration of the lease.

    "Manufacturer" means a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, assembling or distributing motor vehicles, who will, under normal business conditions during the year, manufacture, assemble or distribute to dealers at least 10 new motor vehicles.

    "Motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle as defined in R.S.39:1-1.

    "Recording device" means a device that is installed by the manufacturer of the motor vehicle, and does one or more of the following for the purpose of retrieving data after an accident:

    (1) Records the motor vehicle's speed and direction;

    (2) Records a history of where the motor vehicle travels;

    (3) Records steering performance;

    (4) Records brake performance, including, but not limited to, whether brakes were applied before an accident;

    (5) Records the driver's seat belt status; or

    (6) Transmits information concerning an accident in which the motor vehicle has been involved to a central communications system 1; and

may be commonly referred to as an event data recorder or a sensing and diagnostic module1.

    "Subscription service" means a business entity that, for a fee, provides cellular phone technology capabilities that allow a recording device to record a history of where a motor vehicle travels or that allow transmission to a central communications system information concerning an accident in which a motor vehicle subscribing to the service has been involved.


    2. a. A manufacturer of a motor vehicle that is sold or leased under a lease agreement in this State, and that is equipped with a recording device 1[commonly referred to as an event data recorder or a sensing and diagnostic module]1, shall disclose that fact in the owner's manual for the motor vehicle 1or through a written statement either mailed by the manufacturer to the registered owner of the motor vehicle, or delivered by the dealer, at the time of sale, to the buyer of the motor vehicle, in accordance with guidelines prescribed by the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs1.

    b. Data recorded on a recording device may not be downloaded or otherwise retrieved by a person other than the registered owner of the motor vehicle, except under one of the following circumstances:

    (1) The registered owner of the motor vehicle consents to the retrieval of the information;

    (2) A court that has jurisdiction orders the retrieval; or

    (3) A motor vehicle dealer or an automotive technician retrieves the data for the purpose of diagnosing, servicing or repairing the motor vehicle.

    c. A person authorized to download or otherwise retrieve data from a recording device pursuant to subsection b. of this section, shall not release that data, except to share the data among the motor vehicle safety and medical research communities to advance motor vehicle safety, and only if the identity of the registered owner or driver is not disclosed.

    d. (1) If a motor vehicle is equipped with a recording device that is capable of recording or transmitting information concerning where a motor vehicle travels or an accident in which the motor vehicle has been involved and that capability is part of a subscription service, the fact that the information may be recorded or transmitted shall be disclosed by the subscription service in the subscription service agreement.

    (2) Subsection b. of this section shall not apply to a subscription service that meets the requirements of paragraph (1) of this subsection.


    13. The registered owner of a motor vehicle shall have the right to disable, or to have disabled, any recording device in that vehicle.1


    1[3.] 4.1 It is an unlawful practice and a violation of P.L.1960, c.39 (C. 56:8-1 et seq.) to violate the provisions of this act.


    1[4] 51. This act shall take effect immediately 1[and shall apply to all motor vehicles manufactured on or after July 1, 2004]1.