USA: Truck-linked headlamp glare a growing concern
The Los Angeles Times reports that government officials and bodies - such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - are receiving more letters and e-mail from drivers in the US complaining about the problem of headlamp glare. The problem is being linked to growing numbers of SUVs - with relatively high-mounted headlamps - on the roads.
According to the LA Times, the NHTSA has received - after inviting people to complain - more than 1,700 letters and e-mails in five months. It is described as 'one of the largest public responses to an NHTSA request in years'. The report adds that the headlight glare problem attracted more complaints than such topics as air bags and window tinting.
The LA Times says that carmakers and vehicle safety experts have already suggested that lawmakers 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 bring it down even further, to about 39 inches.