Should a 1990 Toyota tercel have a side mirror on the passengers side of the car?

leighanne
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Asked by leighanne Apr 28, 2007 at 10:05 AM about the 1990 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr STD Coupe

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bovan
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Dear leighanne- Yes, the 1990 Toyota Tercel should have a side view mirror on the passenger side. How else can you see me passing you on the right? Good luck from Bovan.

Anonymous
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No offense to Bovan, but his answer is not entirely correct. Passenger-side, rear-view mirrors are not required by federal safety standards, although they are standard equipment on almost all cars sold today. For most passenger cars, the area covered by the passenger-side mirror largely duplicates what can already be seen in the center rear-view mirror. The small blind spot on the right that is not covered by the main rear-view mirror is better assessed by the driver looking directly back and to the right rather than using the side mirror alone. The passenger-side mirror is therefore basically redundant and should not be considered a crucial safety feature. For many economy cars sold in the 80s and early 90s (including the Tercel) the passenger side mirror was optional. Whether 1990 Tercel in question never had a passenger side mirror, or even if it broke off, it should not be considered necessary to replace it for either safety or state-inspection reasons. For further reading: http://cyberg.wits.ac.za/cyberg/sessiondocs/cognitive/trans/trans1/trans1.htm Take Care.

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