Here are five more accessories that prove to be dangerous.
Roof mounted video players
Roof mounted video players are not very common in private cars, but a lot of taxi fleet vehicles have it. The roof-mounted video players can cause a distraction in various ways to the driver.
First of all, the view of the inside rear view mirror is blocked due to the roof mounted DVD player. The driver can also be distracted by the audio playing in such accessory that can cause an accident.
Colour changing headlamps/tail lamps
Many people use flashing lights in the headlamps and the tail lamps. Such flashing lights are extremely distracting to the other people on the road. Also, the flashing lights do not provide enough light to illuminate the road ahead. On the tail lamp, such flashing lights can distract the vehicle behind and can lead to severe accidents.
There are many aftermarket car accessories that need a change in the wiring of the vehicle. For example, adding a high-end audio system or changing the regular headlamps to xenon headlamps need a lot of alterations in the wiring. If the wiring is not done right, it can lead to heating and eventually fire can break out. Always get genuine car accessories or get it done by professionals who know how to handle complicated car wiring.
Steering spinners are also known as suicide knobs, and they are extremely dangerous to use. They are placed on the steering wheel and can be used to quickly turn the steering wheel with ease. The steering knobs are not recommended by any car manufacturer and are only available in the aftermarket.
The quality of such knobs is questionable. They can break in the middle of a turn and can cause a lot of problems. Also, if the car suddenly hits a bump, the steering can move quickly, and this accessory can hurt the hands badly. Also, the knob can get stuck in the sleeve of the shirt can cause problems.
Seatbelts can save lives if used properly. However, they can also turn lethal. Aftermarket seat-belt hooks are available in the market that can replace the original ones if needed. Such hooks can get stuck in an emergency situation and can cause a lot of trouble.
An incident that happened recently involves once such accessory. A family was travelling in a car when it suddenly caught fire. The driver, a Bengaluru-based jeweller, helped his wife and kids to get out of the vehicle but could not open his seatbelt. The police have been investigating the alleged aftermarket seatbelt hook after the incident. It is always a better idea to get original seat belt hooks.