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High Intensity Headlights Recalled

High Intensity Headlights Recalled

Posted - Oct. 19, 2004 at 2:17 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators ordered a Texas company Tuesday to stop selling kits that let vehicle owners convert their headlights to high-intensity beams.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the high-intensity headlights in kits made by Astex USA can cause excessive glare and are hazardous to other drivers. It ordered the company to stop selling the kits and recall 150 kits that already have been sold.

High-intensity lights have a blue glow and wider beams than traditional halogen lights. They are standard equipment on some vehicles, but those are dim enough to meet federal standards.

A salesman at the Dayton, Texas, company said no one was available to comment Tuesday.

NHTSA said it has ordered recalls or stopped sales at 24 companies that supply high-intensity conversion kits to vehicle owners.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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