Headlamp Glare Becomes Growing Concern

March 29, 2002
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is receiving more complaints
from drivers relating to headlamp glare. The problem is being linked to growing numbers of
SUVs and light trucks with relatively high-mounted headlamps. Reportedly, NHTSA has
received more than 1,700 letters in five months.

Automakers and vehicle-safety experts have
already suggested that lawmakers should lower the mounting height of headlights from the
current maximum of 54 inches off the ground — a limit that has been in place since 1968.
The report adds that the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers has recommended lowering it
to 47 inches, while the SAE has suggested bringing it down even farther, to approximately
39 inches.

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