The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected a request from General Motors Co on Friday. It would have granted them a selective refutation of their headlight problems on approximately 725,000 US sport-utility vehicles.
GM would not have been obliged to give notice to consumers on the issue and offer a free fix if the agency had pronounced the issue inconsequential.
The Michigan-based car manufacturer argued the problem did not affect vehicle safety and appealed to NHTSA in 2019 to pronounce the problem inconsequential for GMC Terrain vehicles from the 2010 through 2017 model years. Furthermore, GM has announced that they have found a solution to the problem, and it won’t impact recent variation vehicles.
NHTSA stated that the headlight problem could result in “glare to other motorists driving in proximity” in specific weather conditions like snow and fog.
On Friday, GM said it was well informed of the agency’s ruling and “will review NHTSA’s decision and explore potential next steps.”
GM also sent a message to NHTSA, saying that it was well informed of “only a single customer inquiry associated with this condition and is not aware of any crashes or injuries.”
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