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A few months ago, we told you about some C6 Corvettes that were having problems with loss of low-beam headlight operation.
Now General Motors announced today that some 111,889 sixth-generation Corvettes are being recalled for that very problem.
The Corvettes are on the list along with about 2.7 million other GM vehicles that are being recalled for various problems, including 2.4 million previous generation passenger cars for taillamp malfunctions, 140,000 2014 Chevy Malibus for hydraulic brake booster malfunctions, 19,225 Cadillac CTS 2013-14 models for windshield wiper failures, and 477 full-size trucks from 2014 and 2015 for a tie-rod defect that can lead to a crash.
Fortunately, the recall involving the Corvette is a problem that GM says has not led to any crashes, injuries, or fatalities.
The 2008 to 2013 models are also affected and will be repaired under a Customer Satisfaction Program at no cost to owners.
Apparently, once the engine gets warm, the underhood electrical center housing sometimes expands, causing the headlamp low-beam relay control circuit wire to bend slightly. Eventually, if the wire is bent enough times, it can fracture and separate, causing the low-beams not to come on. Sometimes the low-beams will begin working again once the housing contracts after cooling down.
GM says the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals, daytime running lamps or fog lamps are not affected by the problem but notes that losing low-beam headlights when they are needed could cut the driver’s visibility and increase the risk of a crash.