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Old 02-28-2007, 01:12 PM   #1
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Tail light visibility distance?

Does anyone know if there is a law of some sort that defines a minimum visibility distance for tail/brake lights? A coworker just wrecked their 330i by rear ending a suburban. They said the suburban had aftermarket tails that were white and had a small red dot for the brake light itself. I don't have any pictures of them but I know what he was talking about. The other day I was in some freeway traffic with a Honda that had them and I literally had a hard time seeing when he hit his brakes because they were so small and dim. Anyway, we're hoping there is a min. distance specification to take some of the blame off my coworker.
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Old 02-28-2007, 01:53 PM   #2
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Are clear tail lamp lenses permitted?

No. Washington has adopted the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 108 for all aftermarket lighting equipment. FMVSS 108 is very specific for tail/brake light lenses as well as front side marker light lenses. Most clear aftermarket lighting lack the required reflex reflectors and side marker lights. Using "red" bulbs in clear lenses is not acceptable as it does not meet FMVSS 108. All aftermarket lighting must have the same functionality as those originally installed.
Your coworker could probably make the argument that the driver of the Suburban is at fault due to driving a non-roadworthy vehicle with non-functioning taillights.
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Old 02-28-2007, 03:37 PM   #3
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Your coworker could probably make the argument that the driver of the Suburban is at fault due to driving a non-roadworthy vehicle with non-functioning taillights.
now that it's been rear ended (and the tails are likley messed up) how are they going to tell what the visible distance is now?

If you know the model of these and who produces them, check the manufacturer website - it will likely tell you if it's DOT legal or not.

I think it's 300 or 500 feet. That was in my online driving test I took recently but totally forgot ;-)
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Old 02-28-2007, 04:30 PM   #4
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Hmmm, just ran across this thread on bimmerforums...

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=697592
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Old 02-28-2007, 04:30 PM   #5
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The suburban he hit is quite a bit higher than the 330. I don't think the tails are messed up. But checking the manuf. of the lights would be a good place to start.
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