An overwhelming majority of midsize SUVs do not have “good” headlights, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Of the 37 SUVs examined, only two (the 2017 Volvo XC60 and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe) received the highest rating, with other SUV headlights falling short. In response, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has called for increased focus on adaptive beam technology to address this safety issue.
- Only two midsize SUVs out of 37 examined featured headlights worthy of a “good” ranking, the Volvo XC60 and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.
- Toyota wants to use adaptive beam technology.
- Adaptive beam technology has been available since 2013 but the NHTSA has yet to allow its use. (Why?)
“However, despite a request from Toyota to NHTSA to use the technology in 2013, NHTSA has yet to approve its use.”