GMC Terrain SUVs with excessively bright headlights must be recalled.
GMC Terrain SUVs Bright Headlights Recalled – Headline
The headlights of the impacted Terrains are just too bright from some vantage locations, according to a Denial of Petition document published in the Federal Register on Thursday.
Here are the major highlights:
- The headlights on more than 725,000 GMC Terrain SUVs from 2010 to 2017 are overly bright; however, no one has reported any safety hazards as a result.
- In 2019, GM requested that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) dismiss the issue because only one customer had inquired about it, aside from the lack of crashes.
- Despite this, because the headlights are measurably too bright in some cases, the NHTSA declined GM’s request this week, leaving GM to work out how to remedy the matter.
Reflection from the headlamps’ housing illuminates two small areas high above the car, yielding a value of roughly 450 to 470 candela when measured according to federal motor vehicle safety requirements.
According to the NHTSA, this is more than three times the maximum brightness allowed at these measurement places.
The company requested an exemption from the NHTSA for the Terrain headlight issue in 2019, claiming that the “reflection has no influence on vehicle safety for oncoming or surrounding vehicles.” Stanley, the headlight manufacturer, developed replacement headlamps with graining on the surfaces that accidentally reflected the too-bright light, “which will avoid the reflections that are the root of the issue,” according to the report.
GM also noted that it had received “just one customer query related to this problem and is not wise of any collisions or injuries,” with one customer seeing that the “left headlamp looks to have a portion of the light beaming up in the trees at roughly a 45-degree angle.” It’s as simple as that.
The NHTSA denied GM’s plea on Friday, forcing the company to recall the vehicles and fix the headlights at no cost to the owners.
According to the NHTSA, this recall affected about 726,959 Terrains manufactured between May 21, 2009, and July 13, 2017.