We have to by law have: 2x red tail lightsmikelmco said:Why is it illegal?
I'm surprised you received a response! His reason may be true, but that didn't stop the US DOT from making the CHMSL (third brake light) mandatory back in the mid 80's. I'm sure adding that cost the automakers more than a few pennies than adding rear amber signals. Idiots. :rant: I think separate turn signals are just as important for safety as CHMSL's are.jpark said:I actually wrote the US DOT about that. Believe it or not, I received a phone call, and a brutally honest admission from one of the drones working there...US automakers don't want to spend the extra few pennies per car to add amber rear signals and fender repeaters to all cars.
As far as the LED tails made for the Escape, both models (amber signal or not) were designed for the Asian Escapes, which have the reverse lamp in the bumper. They can be easily wired to the US Escape by using the amber signal for a reverse lamp. The LEDs are separated so that a separate signal can be wired, but the results are like the current Dodge Charger---two bulbs are both stop/tail lamps when there's no signal, but one will blink with a signal. That's not the most visible signal, but it does pass US laws, as dumb as they are.