The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for investigating potential defects in motor vehicles and large vehicle manufacturers’ methods of safety testing. These investigations help determine which vehicles are monitored and manufactured effectively. In July, the agency investigated General Motor’s screening process for 42,000 recalled vehicles with defective Generator Control Modules due to reports of a fire in a repaired vehicle. Reports of hazards in cars that haven’t been recalled also prompt NHTSA investigations. The NHTSA is currently investigating potentially defective headlights on more than 100,000 Chevrolet Corvettes.
According to the NHTSA, the agency finished a preliminary evaluation of the headlights on approximately 103,107 Corvettes from the 2005 through 2007 model years. The NHTSA found that both low-beam headlights on the Corvettes would stop functioning properly “simultaneously and without warning.” To date, no accidents or injuries have been reported due to the issue, but the NHTSA has received many complaints on its website about the headlight failure, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In the many reports the agency has received, owners of the vehicles have described how the low-beams on the models will stop functioning after driving the car for a short amount of time. Some of the reports claim the headlight issue puts the vehicle’s occupants in danger because of the driver’s inability to see the upcoming road in certain conditions. Others reported that the low-beams worked again after a while, usually after parking the vehicle, according to Detroit News. General Motors reports that the headlight malfunction is caused by a broken wire in the electrical center located near the engine.
Although General Motors says warranty claims involving this issue are “extremely low,” the NHTSA will determine if a recall needs to be issued after conducting an engineering analysis. If it is determined that the vehicles pose an “unreasonable safety risk,” then the NHTSA can ask General Motors to recall the vehicles. General Motors is cooperating with the NHTSA investigation.
Last October, General Motors LLC announced the recall of approximately 2,949 vehicles because of a manufacturing defect with the shorting bar in the front driver’s side airbag. Basically, the recall report stated that the shorting bar could accidentally touch the airbag terminals, which would stop the airbag from deploying in the event of an accident. Read more
General Motors is starting 2013 the same way that it closed out 2012 – by announcing a major recall due to a violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Read more
Anyone who has ever driven a great distance on a highway – especially, for example, Florida’s Turnpike – knows that there is a bevy of ways for a vehicle’s windshield, and more notably a driver’s visibility, to become compromised. From bugs and rain to dings and cracks, drivers must be on their toes when operating vehicles at high speeds or over long distances, as any number of sudden, unexpected circumstances could create distractions and dangers. Read more
A statement released by General Motors details the recent recall of the Chevy Cruze: “General Motors will recall 413,418 Chevrolet Cruzes in the United States for the 2011 and 2012 model years to modify the engine shield under the vehicle. Read more
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported on the status of a “safety defect investigation into the potential risk of fire in Chevy Volts.” According to the Associated Press, General Motors will request about 8,000 Volt owners return their vehicles to dealers in order to make “structural modifications” which will strengthen the area around batter Read more
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According to a USA Today report from August, “General Motors is recalling certain 2012 model year Buick LaCrosses and Chevrolet Impalas in the U.S. and Canada for two separate defects related to steering.” According to the news source, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) explained that such a defect could lead to unexpected crashes. Read more
GM notified owners of this recall on September 1, 2009. They recalled 1,880 Chevrolet T-Series and Kodiak vehicles. Also included in this recall were H-Series and F-Series Isuzu vehicles and T-Series and Topkick GMC vehicles.
It was determined that the air brake system could malfunction. The air pressure was not high enough for the air brakes to function properly. If the driver ignored this warning and continued driving it, the parking brakes could engage automatically, disabling the vehicle. Read more
General Motors recalled about 1,500 of its 2007 Chevrolet Aveo sedan cars in the United Arab Emirates due to a defect in the fuel line that could potentially cause the vehicle to go in flames in the event of a crash.
The recall decision was confirmed by the local agent of General Motors Company in the UAE, GM Overseas Distribution Corp and the announcement was made by UAE’s Director of the Ministry of Economy’s Consumer Protection Unit, Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi. Read more