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Headlight Glare to Be Targeted

June 13, 2003|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The government is considering new rules for vehicle headlights after getting thousands of complaints from consumers about glare.

In a report Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has gotten more than 4,000 responses -- most of them complaints -- since it issued a request for comments on headlights in September 2001.

Consumers complained about the glare from light trucks and sport utility vehicles, which have headlights that are mounted higher than cars, as well as the glare from fog lights. They also complained about glare from high-intensity headlights, which have a bluish hue and are brighter than traditional lights.

In its report, the safety agency said it expects to amend federal rules within a year.

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