GM's 79th Recall Involves Faulty Headlights on 273K Vehicles

Dec 02, 2014 09:00 AM EST | Matt Mercuro

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General Motors is recalling more than 300,000 Buick LaCrosse sedans and Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Saab and Isuzu midsize SUVs in North Amercia over an issue with the low beam headlamps.

Affected models confirmed by GM include: 2006-2009 Buick LaCrosse sedans; 2006-2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and 2006 TrailBlazer EXT; 2006-2007 GMC Envoy and 2006 Envoy XL; 2006-2007 Buick Rainier; 2006-2008 Saab 9-7X and 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascender midsize SUVs.

If dealers determine that the headlamp driver modules are not functioning properly, low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could "intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate," GM spokesman Dan Alder said in a statement.

The issue immediately increases the chance of a crash occurring.

"If the headlamp driver module is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate," GM said in an emailed statement.

Alder added that the problem doesn't affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals, or fog lamps.

GM has yet to say whether or not the HDMs in the affected vehicles caused any vehicle accidents or injuries yet.

The total number of vehicles affected by the recall, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and exports from North America is 316,357.  Of those affected vehicles, 273,182 can be found in the U.S., according to GM.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to post any information regarding the recall. GM sent NHTSA the Part 573 information for this recall back on November 25.

The recall is GM's 79th in North America this year. GM's latest recall brings its yearly recall total to 30.4 million vehicles worldwide and 26.85 million vehicles in the United States.

Dealers are being instructed to replace all headlights, if an issue is found, free of charge.

GM also confirmed this week that dealers have fixed approximately 57.8 percent of the vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches worldwide as of Nov. 24.

The recall has been linked to 36 deaths as of press time.

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