General Motors will recall 338,725 full-size SUVs from the 2021 model year for an issue that could cause excessive glare and increase the risk of an accident on the road. The solution, though, should be a fairly simple one.
The specific problem relates to the daytime running lights on 2021 model year GMC Yukons and Yukons XL, Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, as well as Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs.
Certain vehicles in this range have daytime running lights that might not deactivate when the headlights are active. Federal regulations require these lights to be turned off when the headlights are on because a failure to do so may result in glare that could increase the risk of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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General Motors first became aware of this issue on August 30, 2022, as a result of an internal “Speak Up For Safety” tip that followed a vehicle validation test. This led to the discovery that 2021 model year vehicles could experience a glitch in the body control module software.
According to the automaker, the issue is the result of a combination of certain preconditions, which it does not elaborate on. Fortunately, it also says that it has a solution that will be deployed via a simple software update to the body control module.
As in all recalls, the update will be made free of charge, and General Motors plans to get in touch with owners starting on December 19, 2022. In all, 68,921 GMC Yukons are affected by this issue, as well as 37,469 GMC Yukon XLs, 134,673 Chevrolet Tahoes, 54,262 Chevrolet Suburbans, 27,455 Cadillac Escalades, and 15,955 Cadillac Escalades ESVs.
Just the latest recall to affect GM headlights, this solution is at least a little more sophisticated than the one given to owners of the 2010 to 2017 GMC Terrain. That recall, which affects more than 700,000 vehicles, was solved by the automaker with a sticker that was placed on the headlight cover to prevent a similar glare problem. Owners, though, were less than pleased with the low-tech solution.