GMC Sierra 1500 Recalled For DRLs That Don’t Deactivate11
GM has issued a product recall for certain examples of 2022 and 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 models due to an issue related to daytime running lights (DRLs) failing to deactivate.
The problem: affected vehicles fitted with faulty DRLs don’t deactivate when the headlights are turned on, and fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”
The hazards: DRLs that fail to deactivate fail could cause glare for oncoming drivers and increase the risk of a crash.
The fix: certified GM technicians will be instructed to update the body control module software at the dealership, or through an over-the-air (OTA) update, free of charge.
Affected components: daytime running lights (DRLs).
Affected vehicles: besides the 2022-2023 GMC Sierra 1500, this recall also impacts several other GM vehicles, including:
- 2021-2023 Buick Envision
- 2020-2023 Cadillac CT4
- 2020-2023 Cadillac CT5
- 2022-2023 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV
- 2022-2023 Chevy Silverado 1500
- 2022-2023 Chevy Suburban
- 2022-2023 Chevy Tahoe
- 2022-2023 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
It’s worth noting that this recall affects both U.S. and Canadian models.
Number of affected vehicles: GM indicates there are 740,108 units affected in the U.S. and 85,685 units in Canada across all nameplates listed above.
Owners should: GM will notify owners of affected vehicles and instruct them to make an appointment with their dealer. For U.S. owners, notification letters are expected to be mailed January 23rd, 2023.
Any American owners that are unsure whether or not their vehicle is affected by this recall can visit my.gm.com/recalls and type in their VIN to see any open recalls or other actions that may be active on it. Canadian owners can do the same at my.gm.ca/gm/en/recalls.
Owners can also reach out to GMC, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or Transport Canada directly with any questions or concerns they may have using the recall number and contact information included below.
- GM recall number: N222386380
- GMC Customer Service: 1-888-988-7267
- GM Canada Customer Service: 1-800-263-3777
- NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V874000
- Transport Canada Recall Number: 2022-700
- NHTSA (toll-free number): 1-888-327-4236
- Transport Canada (toll-free number): 1-866-995-9737
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I don’t really understand this… Other GM Vehicles still have their DRLs on when their Low Beams are on at night… it doesn’t seem to produce any glare Is there something specifically special about these?
On my 2021 RAM, Day Time running lights are the actual headlights at full brightness, not the halo lights bordering the headlamp fixture. It is a bit confusing of what is actually the DRL’s on any vehicle.
I worked in lighting at GM when DRL’s became the law. Back then at least we could comply with requirement 3 ways. Chopped ( low) voltage on low beam. Chopped voltage on high beam. And possibly the fog lamp depending on the output. Low voltage high beam seemed the best choice since they are used so much less than low beams.
This issue is a little more complex than you think. I worked at a GM assembly plant 1977-2007 and worked closely with engineers as a toolmaker. The same parts used on several vehicles can come from several sources and that is where the problem comes in.
I got an OTA update yesterday (12/14/2022) in my 2023 Sierra 1500. How would I know if that update was the fix for this issue?
There are Chang Log Notes when you update it tells you in the vehicle what the update was for…
Thanks. Must’ve missed that when doing the OTA update. But I found there’s a way to see the description of previous updates. And this one said it was to allow the vehicle to continue to get OTA updates. LOL
so will this update completely deactivate the DRL with the headlights or just dim the intensity?
What about all the EVs on the road with full LED light bars across the front?
The DRL’s in question are not brighter than the headlights so how they would cause an accident is ridiculous. Why isn’t it an issue when the headlights are not on? Don’t seem to cause any problems during the day so why, when they’re not as bright as the headlights, would they cause an accident?
Are the daytime running lights the C-shape lights on the corners?