GM recalls 316,000 vehicles for headlight issue

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling more than 316,000 vehicles worldwide because the low-beam headlamps may fail. It’s the 80th recall of the year for the automaker.

GM is calling back 273,182 Buick LaCrosse sedans and Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Saab and Isuzu midsize SUVs in the U.S. for possible intermittent or permanent loss of low-beam headlamps. Models include 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse; 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and 2006 TrailBlazer EXT; 2006-07 GMC Envoy and 2006 Envoy XL; 2006-07 Buick Rainier; 2006-08 Saab 9-7X; and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascender midsize. The recall also covers 43,000 vehicles in Canada, Mexico and around the world.

GM said the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could work intermittently or fail permanently. GM said it has not confirmed any crashes or injuries related to the issue. GM notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the recall on Nov. 25, but it has not yet been posted publicly.

Automotive News reported the recall earlier Monday.

GM North America has now recalled a record-setting 30.3 million vehicles worldwide, including 26.8 million in the United States.

In May, GM paid a record $35 million fine to NHTSA for a delayed ignition switch recall, and agreed to up to three years of monitoring. The delayed recall has prompted investigations from the Justice Department, Congress, 48 state attorneys general, the Securities and Exchange Commission and federal regulators.

Since then, GM said it has made dramatic changes to how it approaches safety recalls, moving faster to address and recall vehicles and reports of problems with vehicles. The company named a new vice president in charge of safety, added dozens of new safety investigators and reorganized its approach to safety issues.