September 12, 1966

Computer Recording of Automobile Accident Data

Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore

JAMA. 1966;197(11):930. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110110154048

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To the Editor:—  I hope that The Journal will continue to publish such excellent reports on the prevention of automobile accidents as the recent ones by Buxbaum and Colton and by Charles and States.With present-day computer facilities it is feasible to consider recording and reporting every single accident due to mechanical failures and relate this to the year, make and model of automobile. When a significant trend appears, a particular defect in any model (that conceivably could show up only two or three years after purchase of the car), public health agencies, using computer techniques, could automatically (with cooperation from state motor vehicle departments) notify every owner of that particular make and model of the defect. The public health agencies make continuing notes of dangers due to new models of viruses and bacteria. It is logical that they should do the same for the vastly more dangerous automobile.