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Recall 12V484000

Burned Out Signal Bulbs May Go Undetected By The Driver

Recall Details

The front turn signals are equipped with two bulbs on each side. If one bulb fails, the driver would not be made aware of the loss of light function, which could create a safety hazard. Dealers will update the body control module software free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The front turn signals of the vehicle each use two bulbs. Due to a software issue, if one burns out, the driver will not be made aware. Burned out signal lamps could lead to an accident due to not being able to alert other motorists of intended turning.

What Should You Do?

General Motors notified owners of affected vehicles starting in August 2014. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them. The General Motors recall number is 12212.

Electrical & Lights, October 4, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
October 4, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
120,426
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V484000
Component
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Buick Regal and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with two turn signal bulbs in each front turn signal. If one of the two front turn signal bulbs burn out in either front turn signal lamp, there is no indication to the driver. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Consequence
If the driver is not aware that a turn signal is not functioning properly, the driver may continue to drive the vehicle. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other driver's may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, dealers will update the body control module software, free of charge. The campaign is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 12212.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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