GM Headlight Recall Affects 316,000 CarsDecember 2, 2014
The troubled automaker has issued a GM headlight recall for more than 316,000 vehicles. According to an emailed statement, the GM headlight recall stems from a defective module that can shut off the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps. The defect does not affect the high-beam headlights, the marker lamps, fog lamps or turn signals. The recall was the company’s 79th recall in 2014 and brings the number of the company’s recalled vehicles over 30 million worldwide, including nearly 27 million in the U.S. alone.
Models Affected By GM Headlight Recall
The GM headlight recall covers many of the company’s most popular sports utility vehicles from the mid-2000s from models ranging from Buick and GMC to Saab and Isuzu. The models affected by the GM headlight recall include the 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascender SUVs, the 2006-2008 Saab 9-7X SUVs, the 2006-2007 Buick Rainier SUVs, the 2006-2009 Buick LaCrosse sedans, and the 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy SUVs. The recall notice covers 273,000 vehicles in the U.S., with the remainder spread throughout North America.
GM Headlight Recall Latest Problem for Automaker
Although the GM headlight recall encompasses a sizable number of vehicles, this recall notice becomes the latest piece of bad news for the troubled automaker. General Motors had already set a record for both the number of recalls issued in a year and the number of recalled vehicles. The company is also already facing scrutiny from federal agencies, consumer awareness groups, and members of Congress over its previous recalls, including the recall of over 2.6 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch.
GM Headlight Recall Shows Progress
The company’s prompt response to the GM headlight recall issues stands in contrast to its reaction when the news of the defective ignition switch reached the public. As of this writing, the issues that led to the GM headlight recall has not resulted in any deaths or injuries. A statement from GM warned that drivers could be involved in serious accidents if the low-beam headlights shut off due to the defective headlight control module.
GM Headlight Recall vs. Ignition Switch Recall
The company’s reaction shows how the company has changed its outlook since the GM ignition switch issues. An internal investigation revealed that GM engineers failed to make upper management aware of the issues surrounding the dangers of the ignition switch flaw. The investigator’s report showed that the engineers kept the defect secret for nearly a decade. The cover-up led to the massive ignition switch recall, hundreds of lawsuits and at least 35 death claims which the company has paid to victims’ families.
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