Recall Alert: 740,000 GM Models Could Have a Daytime Running Light Problem

General Motors (GM) is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the United States. The company owns GMC, Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac. Through its various brands, the manufacturer produces over 6 million vehicles a year. Because of its high output and use of shared parts across brands, GM has a history of many recalls. Here’s what you need to know about the latest GM recall, which includes over 740,000 vehicles with potential daytime running light problems.

The latest GM recall addresses a problem with daytime running lights

January 2023 GM recall for daytime running lights
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Over 740,000 GM models are under recall due to a potential problem with their daytime running lights (DRLs). Most new vehicles have DRLs that activate automatically. Their primary purpose is to make it easier for drivers and pedestrians to see an approaching car, which can help avoid collisions. 

Car owners can also add DRLs to any model with some mechanical expertise and a DIY kit. Although DRLs are standard on many cars, they’re still not mandatory in the United States for a few reasons. Some critics argue that DRLs aren’t safe because they can obscure illuminated turn signals.

DRLs should deactivate or reduce power when a car’s headlights come on. However, the DRLs of affected vehicles in this GM recall might continue to operate at full capacity alongside the headlights.

There’s concern that using both simultaneously could create an intense glare and lead to accidents. Although it’s possible to deactivate DRLs manually in most cars, the method isn’t always adequately outlined in your owner’s manual. Additionally, it’s difficult to tell from the driver’s seat if both lights are on simultaneously.

Here are the GM vehicles under recall for daytime running lights

Most of the GM vehicles under recall are SUVs from the 2022 and 2023 model years. The GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, and Buick Envision have a potential DRL problem. In addition, the Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV, its extended-wheelbase ESV sibling, and the Buick Envision could experience exterior lighting issues too.

Also, this GM recall affects Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans from the 2020 to 2023 model years. And a few popular pickup trucks, such as the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, are also under recall. All of these trucks are from the 2022 and 2023 model years.

How can drivers get their cars fixed?

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General Motors plans to fix the affected models by updating the body control module in the car’s computer system. If your vehicle supports over-the-air updates, you can address the problem by downloading the update when it becomes available. Otherwise, you can have it serviced for free at an authorized GM dealership.

If your car is included in the latest GM recall, you should receive a notice from General Motors on January 23 or soon afterward. After that date, you can also confirm your vehicle’s recall status online. 

You’ll need your car’s 17-digit VIN and the NHTSA campaign number: 22V903000. You can locate the VIN inside the driver’s side door or auto insurance documents. 

If you’re using Experience GM, type the VIN into the search tool. It will automatically display any open recalls that include your vehicle. You can also call the GM, Cadillac, and Chevy customer service numbers to have them check on your behalf. 

Automakers sometimes add other vehicles to recalls after they announce them. It’s a good idea to run your VIN through a search tool periodically or whenever there’s news about a recall.