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The End of 3G Could be Bad News for Cars With This Safety Feature

With all the buzz and excitement about 5G wireless technology, little is said about what’s being left behind. 2G and 3G will soon shut down, and their absence will affect car safety in unexpected ways. If your vehicle has automatic crash notification via wireless technology, the 3G shutdown could be bad news. Find out which makes and models will be affected.

A change to wireless technology will affect a certain car safety feature

A 3G wireless sign on a smartphone screen with no-signal icon in the background

A 3G wireless sign on a smartphone screen with a no-signal icon in the background | Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

In the coming months, wireless carriers are preparing to shut down 3G networks. Unfortunately, that means millions of cars could lose their automatic crash notification feature. It’s the technology that automatically notifies emergency services and first responders if a vehicle has been in a collision. Some manufacturers are offering upgrades, but other automakers will permanently lose their connections.