C #102 B – “RECALLS” are neither Pleasant nor Inexpensive
The most recent? Recall … against “Optronics” products … for over 50,000 “LED” 7-
By “studying” these numerous, expensive, and precise NHTSA Tests used in these Recalls … and, at Tax Payer’s (our) expense … anyone can see for themselves the many and severe Non Compliances that “Optronics”, recklessly (or ignorantly), designed into their LED Light Designs.
OEMs and Lighting Distributors should take the time to look over and discuss this failing data while addressing the several adverse “LED” problems and “forewarnings” that become apparent when looking over these standard FMVSS #108 Compliancy Tests and our “TLC” discussions, which everyone involved, should find very helpful for the selection of “Legal”, “Safe”, and “Grief Reducing” Lighting for future customer offerings.
Also, realize that these standardized Photometric Tests did not include any demands put on Optronics (or Unified) to supply NHTSA proof that all the Lenses and Reflectors plus all the Supporting Components of these three Lamp Designs, had indeed, been tested to the many FMVSS #108 Federally mandated Outdoor and Physical Tests in order to guarantee everyone involved … especially the public … against premature “Ultraviolet”*, “Hot/Cold Weather”, “Thermal Shock”, “Submersion”, “Grime Buildup” and “Road Vibration” failures. *Lens Material loosing its color and/or crazing
Of course, along with detailed Photometric Testing, “Real Life Endurance Tests” should also always be required so as to guarantee the overall integrity of all components, in the Lamp Design … including any “LED” circuitry used … because … even though LEDs may “claim” the capability of lasting a long time … their very vulnerable circuitry can, at any time, fail due to heat, moisture or UV exposure. However, for whatever reasoning, none of these common sense, quality and safety assuring tests were requested by NHTSA in these recent Investigations!
Further, these reports showed that there was absolutely no demand from NHTSA requiring Unified or Optronics to show Compliancy Data for the always Mandated “3 Years … Facing South … at 45° … into the Sun … Florida/Arizona Testing”*, which helps to guarantee “Outdoor Longevity”, which will guarantee all concerned against premature “Ultra Violet Color Fading” and/or, premature Heat and Cold, degradation of the Lenses and Seals plus helps to guard against moisture and/or rust failures of the Electrical and Physical Supporting Components.
*NHTSA still “mandates” that the 3-
The Automotive Manufacturer’s Equipment Compliance Agency Inc. (AMECA) keeps an updated List of all plastic Lens Materials that they can verify have been officially tested to the Federally mandated, 3 Year, (SAE J586) Outdoor Testing requirements. AMECA’s website is www.ameca.org. NHTSA “recognizes” AMECA’s listings so that those using or selling products made from “questionable plastics” … that are not on AMECA’s list … must be able to independently “prove compliance” to these Outdoor, Fading and Heat/Cold Tests for all the Vehicle Lighting and Reflectors they’re installing, changing, or selling that end up in public use.
This 3 Year Test … plus several other quality and durability assurance tests, mandated by FMVSS #108 represent the many Federal and “common sense” Physical and Photometric Tests that practically all? overseas Vehicle Lighting Importers and Manufacturers are currently totally ignoring. And to make matters worse … NHTSA isn’t challenging any of the most obvious violations of Federal Law and Common Sense.
Note too! The recent 50,000 Recalled Pairs of 7-