WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators say newly adopted rules for vehicle lighting will save the industry money and make vehicles safer.
The rules cover taillights, turn signals, parking lamps and brake lights. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adopted them Aug. 5. The rules will be phased in during the next seven years on most vehicles. Vehicles that are 80 inches or more wide get 10 years to meet the regulations.
The new U.S. rules derive from European standards that deal with intensity, lens area and range of visibility.
They represent another effort to eliminate differences in safety standards in the world's major markets. That process is called harmonization.
"Every little bit helps," says Vann Wilber, director of vehicle safety and harmonization for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The alliance represents the Big 3 and six import-brand automakers.