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Hazy Lights Mean Risky Nights: Dim Headlights Haunt America’s Cars, Reducing Visibility and Increasing Risks of Accidents


National Headlight Safety Month in October to Help Educate Drivers about the Risks of, Solutions for Headlight Safety

ST. PAUL, MN (October 1, 2009) -- There is a safety issue on America’s roads that rarely comes to light -- reduced visibility, which is a factor in 2.8 million accidents, 23,000 fatal crashes and 2,300 pedestrian deaths. As Daylight Savings Time ends, and kids hit the streets trick-or-treating, the importance of clear nighttime visibility increases.

The AAIA Car Care Council found that 26 percent of the cars it inspected had issues with their lighting system. The culprits -- headlight bulbs that dim over time and hazed headlight lens. When one bulb burns out, both bulbs should be replaced, a commonly ignored automotive maintenance step.

Millions of cars on the road today have plastic headlight lenses. As cars age and are exposed to weather, they may become hazed and yellowed, reducing the light output from the headlamp. With the average age of cars on the road about 10 years old, the problem is growing. This is a common issue on many domestic and foreign automobiles, from economy to luxury vehicles.

Automotive experts Sam Memmolo and Courtney Hansen are recommending that car owners conduct their vehicle visibility safety check this fall to determine their risks and take steps to correct their visibility problems. They are offering safety tips, project ideas and how-to videos to help consumers address this issue on, YouTube 3M Car Care Channel and the Facebook 3M-US Car Care group.

“When you walk through a parking lot or drive in traffic today, you see a number of cars with hazed headlights, non-working lights, streaky windshield wipers and broken sideview mirrors,” said Sam Memmolo, host of “Sam’s Garage” radio show and longtime expert on car repair and restoration. “Every one of these cars may create a danger to the driver and other people on the road. But with some basic education about car care and maintenance, all car owners can take care of these problems before they cause accidents.”


 3M Headlight Restoration
 Sam Memmolo
 AAIA Car Care Council
 Courtney Hansen
 3M Car Care Channel

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