The American Council on Science and Health is pushing the EPA to reclassify wireless gate audio intercoms, saying that they are more dangerous than standard devices.
The council’s statement, posted to the organization’s website Wednesday, says that “a device like a wireless gate that transmits a radio signal over an outdoor or indoor highway is not a device designed for outdoor use, especially when it is not equipped with an electronic safety device, such as an airbag or headrest.”
In addition, the statement says that, because these devices transmit their own radio signals, “they can also be used in a way that can cause serious injuries and deaths.”
According to the council, “The wireless gate can cause hearing loss, can cause the user to experience headaches, and can cause headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
If used with the proper safety precautions, these devices are safe for both drivers and riders.”
The American Institute of Physics, which has sponsored research on wireless gate use, said in a statement that “we think that a device that is not designed for indoor use is dangerous for all of its users.”
The organization’s statement was published Wednesday on the American Council for Science and Heath’s website.
The agency, which is currently considering an exemption from a federal rule requiring wireless gate devices to use an audio device, is expected to issue its decision in the next few weeks.
In a statement to The Washington Post, a spokesperson for the EPA said that “there is no safety or effectiveness analysis for the devices,” and that “any analysis will include data on all of the risks posed by wireless gate systems.”
The statement also says that the EPA has not “seen any evidence of a link between wireless gate failure and the potential risk to individuals using the devices.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently studying the safety of wireless gate units and said it has received “more than 2,500 comments” about the devices.
A spokesperson for NHTSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.