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Car Dimmer Switch Modification

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by okie, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    STATE OF CALIFORNIA
    DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
    1700 "J" STREET
    SACRAMENTO, CA 95368

    PETE WILSON HARRY WALBRATH
    GOVERNOR DIRECTOR

    BULLETIN NUMBER 95-2374
    DATE: OCTOBER 20, 1995

    TO: ALL CALIFORNIA INSURANCE AGENCIES
    ALL CALIFORNIA DEALERS OF NEW/USED AUTOMOBILES

    FROM: CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE

    SUBJ: AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE HEADLAMP DIMMER SWITCH

    1. Pursuant to the California Department of Motor Vehicles Act Number DMV 95-79221, all motor vehicles sold in the State of California after November 1, 1995 will be required to have the headlamp dimmer switch mounted on the floor of the vehicle. The dimmer switch must be mounted in a position accessible to operation by pressing the switch with the left foot. The switch must be far enough removed from the left foot pedals to avoid any inadvertent operation and/or pedal confusion.

    2. Included in the above act, and beginning January 1, 1996 all other vehicles with steering mounted switches must be retrofitted with a floor mounted dimmer switch of the type described above. The steering column mounted dimmer switch must be disabled or removed from the vehicle. Vehicles which have not made this change will fail the forthcoming California State Safety Inspection which will begin on this date.

    3. It is recognized that this will cause some difficulties and hardship for the driving public. However, this change is being made in the interest of public safety. A recent study entitled Initiation Sequence in California Night Time Highway Traffic Accidents was conducted jointly by the California Department of Highway Patrol and the California Department of Motor Vehicles along with the University of California at Berkeley Public Safety Research Department. In this study it has been shown that 90-95% of all California night time traffic accidents are caused by a blonde getting her foot caught in the steering wheel in an attempt to dim the headlamps of her vehicle.
     
  2. vafish

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    I love that one.

    About 10 years ago my wife showed me a very official looking fax from the VA DMV with pretty much the same text. It was about a week after my car had failed inspection for the headlights/high beams not working. The problem was a faulty dimmer switch. Of course it was the steering wheel mounted switch that does everything. The switch cost me about $200 and I had to remove the whole steering wheel to mount the new one. Took me about a whole Saturday to do the job. Anyhow when I started to read the letter I was livid, cursing and screaming, I never even made it to the punch line I was so upset. My wife got the biggest laugh out of it.

    It's not often I get taken hook line and sinker on a joke.