GM recalls cars because of blinding headlights

Warren, MI January 1, 2023 – General Motors (NYSE:GM), which owns Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands, is recalling 740,108 cars, SUVs, and trucks, whose daytime running lights may not deactivate when the headlights are on.  This may blind other motorists, increasing the chances of a crash and injury.  

This recall expands a previous recall conducted for the same reason late last year.

The lengthy list of affected vehicles includes: 

  • 2021 – 2023 Buick Envision
  • 2020 – 2023 Cadillac CT4
  • 2020 – 2023 Cadillac CT5
  • 2022 – 2023 Cadillac Escalade 
  • 2022 – 2023 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2022 – 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2022 – 2023 Chevrolet Suburban 
  • 2022 – 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe 
  • 2022 – 2023 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2022 – 2023 GMC Yukon 
  • 2022 – 2023 GMC Yukon XL

Recall summary  

Daytime running lights are a part of a headlight cluster that, as their name would suggest, increases a vehicle’s visibility during the day. These lights, however, shut off as soon as the headlights are turned off. If not, they may create a glare, which could be blinding to other motorists.

Due to a software error, the DRL lights on affected vehicles may fail to disengage once the headlights are turned on

The component causing this recall is the body control module, with part numbers differing depending on the make and model. Some of them include 13534824, 13534861 or 13542151. 

Background of the recall

The 2021 model-years of some of the cars above were recalled in November of last year due to the same issue. Before that recall was announced, GM started an investigation to determine if additional vehicles were affected. As a result of that investigation, the current recall came into life.

Recall risks

Risks caused by blinding headlights were covered in detail in the previous GM recall.  

Other GM recalls

Just a month ago, GM recalled more than 300,000 SUVs over a similar issue, which was also one of the latest Chevrolet Tahoe recalls.

Back in September 2022, GM recalled nearly 100,000 compact SUVs because their rearview cameras could have failed to show an image when backing up

The repair

Dealers will install a software update to affected vehicles. The repair is free of charge. 

Vehicle owners will be notified on January 23, 2023. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This GM daytime running lights recall affects almost three-quarters of a million vehicles. To do a GM recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Bojan PopicGM recalls cars because of blinding headlights

General Motors recalls SUVs over faulty daytime running lights

Warren, MI – November 23, 2022 – General Motors (NYSE:GM), which owns the GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, is recalling 338,735 SUVs over defective GM daytime running lights. These lights may not turn off even after the headlamps are engaged, potentially blinding oncoming motorists and increasing the risk of an accident.

This recall covers the following models:

  • 2021 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2021 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2021 Cadillac Tahoe
  • 2021 GMC Yukon
  • 2021 GMC Yukon XL

Recall summary

Daytime running lights, or DRLs, are secondary exterior lights designed to make the vehicle more visible during daytime conditions. These give off a bright white light using light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, and are designed to turn off when the headlamps are engaged.

In the affected vehicles, the DRLs remain turned on even when the headlamps are activated.

The component involved in this recall is the body control module, with part numbers 13546033 and 13546036.

Recall risks

The issue could result in glare that could temporarily blind oncoming drivers, augmenting the risk of a crash.

Other General Motors recalls

In April, General Motors issued a recall for 681,509 vehicles, including 2014-2015 Chevrolet Equinox and 2014-2015 GMC Terrain SUVs, over windshield wipers that could fail to clear obstructions on the windshield that are blocking the driver’s view, as reported.

In September, General Motors recalled 95,231 vehicles, including the 2020-2021 Cadillac XT5,  2020-2021 Cadillac XT6 and 2020-2021 GMC Acadia, over faulty rearview cameras, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will update the body control module software free of charge.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified on or around December 19, 2022.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 338,000 GMC, Cadillac and Chevrolet models are affected by this daytime running lamp issue. To check for Cadillac Escalade recalls, Chevrolet recalls and more,  run a GM recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloGeneral Motors recalls SUVs over faulty daytime running lights