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725,000 GMC Terrain SUVs with Too-Bright Headlights Must Be Recalled

GM’s plea to avoid a recall of 2010 through 2017 models was denied by the NHTSA, despite the fact that there have been no reports of safety issues with the SUVs’ lights.

  • The headlights on more than 725,000 2010–2017 GMC TerrainSUVs are apparently too bright, although to date there’s no evidence anybody has reported safety issues as a result.
  • In 2019, GM asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to dismiss the problem because, aside from the lack of crashes, only one customer had even asked about the situation.
  • Even so, since these headlights are measurably too bright in some instances, NHTSA denied GM’s request this week, putting the ball in GM’s court to figure out how to resolve the situation.

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The headlights on more than 725,000 GMC Terrain SUVs from 2010 to 2017 are evidently 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, aside from the lack of crashes, only one customer had inquired about it.
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.

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. 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.

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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 stated it had received “just a single customer inquiry linked with this condition and is not aware of any collisions or injuries,” with one customer noting that the “left headlamp appears to have a portion of the light shining up in the trees at around a 45-degree angle.” That’s all there is to it.

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Despite this, the NHTSA refused GM’s request on Friday, forcing GM to recall the vehicles and replace the headlights at no cost to the owners. According to the NHTSA, this recall affects about 726,959 Terrains manufactured between May 21, 2009, and July 13, 2017.

GM told Reuters that replacement headlight parts have been installed in certain Terrains that do not generate the same glare, and that the problem has been resolved for 2018 and later model year Terrains. According to Reuters, the automaker will now “examine NHTSA’s ruling and explore potential future steps.”

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