U.S. May Expand GM Headlight Recalls
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may order General Motors Co. to add another 312,000 vehicles to previous recalls in 2014 and 2015 involving 497,000 vehicles in the U.S. whose low-beam headlamps may suddenly fail.
The earlier campaigns replaced a headlamp control module that could overheat and melt, thereby shutting off the low beams and daytime running lights. The NHTSA probe into expanding those callbacks was prompted by more than 100 consumer complaints involving models not originally covered.
At the time, GM said it would replace the faulty module with a unit of the same design, then replace those devices when its supplier develops a more durable module.
NHTSA’s expanded investigation covers 2005 and 2009 model Buick Lacrosse sedans; 2006-2007 model Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy SUVs; 2006-2007 model Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X SUVs; and 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix sedans. Many of those nameplates were targeted in the previous recalls.
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