The ratings also shine the light on the fact that more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better. Many of the poor-rated headlights belong to luxury vehicles.
“If you’re having trouble seeing behind the wheel at night, it could very well be your headlights and not your eyes that are to blame,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer.
Currently, the IIHS says government standards for headlights vary widely. For its part, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says it’s already on it. The agency is proposing incentives to automakers to improve headlight safety as part of its revamp of the government’s 5-Star Safety Rating System.
The NHTSA told CBS News
: “NHTSA is committed to promoting a higher standard of safety, including in headlighting systems. That’s why our planned revamp of the 5-Star Safety Ratings published in December included incentivizing better headlamp performance. Both Secretary Foxx and Administrator Rosekind have spoken out about the need to identify and remove potential regulatory hurdles to safety improvements. To that end, the agency has conducted research on adaptive headlighting and is moving to take actions to permit this innovative safety technology.”
For more specifics on the tests, head to the IIHS website
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