ROMULUS, MI – Saying Washington’s headlamp test standard is “grossly out of date,” a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) official predicts change will come quickly with the advent of 42-volt technology. “I promise NHTSA will up the 12.8 volts,” Stephen Kratzke says, referring to the agency’s current regulation. It calls for headlamps to meet a performance standard based on a test voltage of 12.8. But the auto industry must first make its intentions clear, says Kratzke, ...

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