Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
For lighting, DOT approval means that they comply with FMVSS108, which is the US standard for lighting. I think that getting approval requires submitting the unit for testing, which may be costly. I don't think it is implicitly illegal because it automatically flashes, it's just that they haven't submitted it for approval.
Sort of like an exhaust not being approved. The exhaust might be capable of meeting all the requirements, but why bother when putting a codicil on that it's not approved will cover the manufacturer?
If the case were made for the added safety and the thing could be shown to be at least as reliable as an 1157 and not brighter than allowed by 108 (it probably is too bright) and in the right color spectrum then it could be approved, should the manufacturer care to spend the money.
A similar situation existed years ago with the advent of modulating headlights for motorcycles. The effort was done to get the DOT approval specifically for motorcycles. I don't beleive you can get away with them on cars. Wouldn't it be trippy if all the cars had modulating headlights?
Your point is well taken, though. If you really pissed a LEO off, he could add that to your infractions, but I doubt anyone would get pulled over for it.
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Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 01-30-2013 at 04:18 PM.