GM Announces Recall to Fix C6 Headlights, CTS Wipers, and More

In the wake of the ignition switch recall that has left service departments backlogged with work and customers waiting anxiously for parts, today GM announced five new safety recalls covering a total of nearly three million vehicles:

  • 2,440,524 previous generation passenger cars for taillamp malfunctions
  • 111,889 previous generation Chevrolet Corvettes for loss of low-beam head lamps
  • 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions
  • 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-2014 models for windshield wiper failures
  • 477 full-size trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model years for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash

Of particular interest to our readers is the Corvette recall, which directly affects 2005-2007 model years – while 2008-2013 cars aren’t officially recalled, they will still be covered by a Customer Satisfaction Program at no cost to the owners. Per the announcement, the recall addresses a potential loss of low-beam headlights.

“When the engine is warm, the underhood electrical center housing could expand, causing the headlamp low-beam relay control circuit wire to bend slightly. After the wire is repeatedly bent, it can fracture and separate. When this occurs, the low-beam headlamps will not illuminate. As the housing cools and contracts, the low-beam headlamp function may return. This condition does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals, daytime running lamps or fog lamps. Loss of low beam headlamps when they are required could reduce the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.”

The announcement goes on to add, “GM is aware of several hundred complaints as result of the condition but no crashes, injuries or fatalities.”

The Cadillac recall deals with a problem that affects the windshield wipers on 2013-2014 CTS models, but only under very specific circumstances…

“…the windshield wiper system may become inoperable after a vehicle jump start with wipers active and restricted, such as by ice and snow.”

For more information on recall specifics, please read the full announcement on GM’s official site

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Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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