What makes certain car accessories unsafe (or even illegal)?


If your common sense isn't enough to ensure clearheaded evaluation and use of aftermarket car accessories, both federal and state governments have got your back. For example, there are regulations too numerous and technical to list that restrict the chemicals, materials and industrial processes that go into everything we use, inside the car or out (beware of DEHP and DINP, hydroquinone, asbestos, benzene and a variety of carcinogens). Likewise, the government generally has your back when it comes to being burned to a crisp -- there are hundreds of pages of regulations for currents, wire diameters and everything else that could ever be considered hazardous.

But what about those accessories you add to the vehicle yourself? There are specific regulations that affect certain things you may want to do to your car. For example, before tinting your windows, be sure to check your state laws at Web sites like tintcenter.com. Likewise, if you'd like to install underglow neon lights, or any other type of out-of-the-ordinary lighting, check the lighting regulations in your state's traffic laws.

Are you considering more drastic car alterations? Check with the Department of Transportation to find more regulations for your state. With technology constantly inspiring more distraction-inducing car accessories, states are cracking down on irresponsible drivers.

For more information about car accessories and laws, check out the links below.

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  • FindLaw. "Unlawful Vehicle Modifications." (Jan. 25, 2011) http://public.findlaw.com/traffic-ticket-violation-law/traffic-ticket-a-z/unlawful-modification.html
  • Oswald, Ed. "GPS Nav May Be Dangerous Distraction." Betanews. Feb. 21, 2006. (Jan. 25, 2011)http://www.betanews.com/article/GPS-Nav-May-Be-Dangerous-Distraction/1140554400
  • TintCenter.com. "Window Tint Law." (Jan. 25, 2011) http://www.tintcenter.com/laws
  • U.S. Department of Transportation. "State Laws on Distracted Driving." 2010. (Jan. 25, 2011)http://www.distraction.gov/state-laws/

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