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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that they’re opening a preliminary investigation involving early C6 Corvette Headlights. They’ve received 30 complaints from drivers stating that the low beam headlights turn off on their own while driving at night.
The investigation involves 103,374 2005-2007 C6 Corvettes. “The loss of illumination impairs the driver’s ability to see the roadway,” NHTSA said.
There have been no injuries to date, but in one report, a driver ran over a tire while pulling off the road sans headlights. The NHTSA report goes on to say that the problem is intermittent and some owners have reported that lamp functionality comes back after some period of time. High-beams and fog lights still work when/if the low beams go out.
We found a recently revived thread on Corvette Forum started in 2010 in which several owners chimed in about having this problem. Based on their own investigations the problem could be the under hood fuse box.
NHTSA quotes an Arizona owner who was travelling “at night when my low-beams disengaged, placing me in the dark and almost caused a wreck. I drove the rest of the way with my high-beams”. The owner’s lights worked for a short time later the next day. Rather than have a dealer fix the issue, the owner placed a bag of ice on the fuse block to cool it and the lights relit after about 10 minutes.
If you’ve experienced this same issue you can contact the NHTSA here.
The Detroit News