General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a product safety recall for the 2010 to 2017 model year GMC Terrain crossover due to headlight glare. This recall comes after the automaker was denied a request to have the recall dismissed earlier this month, as the headlamps were found to be in violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards due to their luminosity levels.
The problem: the headlamps in affected vehicles may illuminate areas that are located above the vehicle and outside of the driver’s view with excessively bright light. NHTSA said previously that, based on the reflection angle and luminosity numbers provided by GM in its motion to dismiss this recall, the headlamps in affected vehicles would have a “luminous intensity of 450-470 cd,” which exceeds the limit of 125 cd.
The hazards: the bright reflection from these headlamps may cause glare for other drivers, reducing their visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
The fix: the remedy for this problem is currently under development, although it will likely involve replacing the headlamps on affected vehicles, or modifying the headlamps in a way so they produce less glare for oncoming traffic.
Affected components: headlights.
- 2010-2017 GMC Terrain
Number of affected vehicles: a total of 740,581 vehicles are believed to be affected by this problem.
Owners should: owners of affected vehicles will receive an owner notification letter in the mail with instructions on how to proceed. These letters will be mailed out starting on April 23rd, 2022. If owners are unsure whether or not their vehicle is affected by this recall action, they can visit my.gm.com/recalls and type in their VIN to see any open recalls that may be active on it. Affected owners can also reach out to GMC directly using the contact information included below.
- GM recall number: N222363740
- NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V137000
- GMC Customer Service: 1-800-462-8782