It is vital that you clearly see the road and any obstacles when driving at night. Your vehicle’s headlights must illuminate straight ahead with the glow making side objects visible. Tap or click here to see why these headlights catch fire.
But while too dim headlights make it difficult to see your surroundings, too bright headlights are also a problem. That’s what’s happening now as more than 700,000 SUVs are being recalled.
Read on to see why this is a problem and what you should do next.
Here’s the backstory
In a massive recall of over 740,000 SUVs in the U.S., GM identified that some GMC Terrain models have headlights that are too bright. While it doesn’t necessarily pose a risk to the affected driver, it does hamper the ability of oncoming traffic by causing glare.
In the recall notice, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explained that the headlight housing could cause a reflection that “illuminate areas above the vehicle and outside of the driver’s view with excessively bright light.”
The recall involves all GMC Terrain vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2017. Additionally, it is a violation of federal law for GM dealerships to deliver GMC Terrain vehicles that don’t comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
A document circulated to dealerships detailed that the housing could project a thin beam of light “80 degrees outboard and 45 degrees upward of each lamp’s forward-center axis.” As a result, the light from the housing is brighter than what is allowed, according to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS).
What you can do about it
According to the recall notice, the remedy is currently under development.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed by April 23, 2022. You may contact GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM’s number for this recall is N222363740.