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


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

Question type: General

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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.

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: Take Care.

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