Not that I want to preach, but this is a fact:
To alter any lighting on a motor vehicle placed by the manufacturer is against Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations.
If you should be rear-ended and cause injury, you could and likely will be liable. Keep this in mind before you decide to change anything. Putting the public at risk because of your wanting to change the appearance of your car could be argued to be selfish. Just something to ponder.
I guess as a former fire captain and rescue technician that's pulled too many bodies from wreckage, I'm a bit bias. Sorry.
Thanks for the warning. I'll be sure to go smash all the stock tinted AMG tail lights I see (Joe55, watch out!). And by your logic if someone didn't like their tinted tails and changed them to non-AMG, they could be prosecuted...because they "altered" the lighting.
Okay, my apologies for the hyperbole, but it's only in response to yours. Believe me, I agree wholeheartedly with your intent, but it is NOT unlawful to modify your car (in any manner) so long as it meets (1) NHTSA/DOT requirements and regulations and (not or) (2) your local MV code. Since you can legally buy the AMG tinted (no, not blacked-out) tail lights and legally put them in your non-AMG sedan, as well as purchasing tinted tail lights that meet DOT requirements for many other vehicles, then so long as you do not tint them beyond that limit, it's not illegal.
However, as the bard said, there's the rub. If you buy
tail lights that are certified to meet DOT code, that is one thing. But how do you know that the ones you tint yourself meet code? And of course I live in car-crazy California, where it seems anything goes, until you make the cops mad, and then nothing passes muster.
And of course, should you get charged with an illegal modification, how do you then prove that they are within limits -- since they're not certified.
So -- whether film or spray, stay light and avoid the potential for (1) prosecution and (2) civil liability.
Originally Posted by BlkCL500
...I was just pointing out that IF he got into trouble with the law he would not need to replace the tailights. He could simply remove the film..
True, I specifically noted agreement with your point that the film could be removed, whereas the spray cannot. I was just noting that getting the adhesive off afterwards would not be much fun.
Take care and enjoy the ride,