GM’s 79th recall leaves 273K vehicles in the dark

GM is recalling more vehicles. This time another 273,182 sedans and SUV’s are being called back to the garage in an effort to fix failing headlights. The issue impacts 2006-2008 models of select SUV’s and sedans made under the GM umbrella. Specifically, the 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the 2006 TrailBlazer EXT., the 2006 and 2007 GMC Envoy and the 2006 Envoy XL. The 2006 and 2007 Buick Rainier was also included in the recall, as well as select Saab 9-7X’s and Isuzu Ascender’s produced in the same date range.


The issue is pinpointed as being one within the headlamp driver modules. The issue causes the low-beam headlights, as well as the daytime running lights to periodically fail, or cease working entirely. The issue doesn’t impact the high-beam lights, or any other lights that are on the impacted vehicles – but it’s something that is definitely a concern for drivers.

Right now, GM does not believe any deaths have been associated with the issue, and doesn’t even think any accidents have resulted from a failure of this mechanism. However, this is the 79th recall that GM has issued, and the total number of recalled vehicles continues to skyrocket.

24.5 million vehicles are currently effected by recalls at the moment – and it’s a growing concern for the company as a whole moving forward. While the company has been under intense scrutiny by the federal government as they undergo a lot of examination – the recalls have become almost overwhelming for anyone – including GM to handle.

The ignition switch recall is still by far the most paralyzing for GM as the company’s independent administrator for determining the figures on how many deaths have resulted due to the recall upped their death count to 36. Last week there were 35 deaths associated with the switch, and while it is just an increase of one – it’s one more than GM needs or wants right now.

At the end of the day, a safety issue – like the headlight issue or the ignition switch issue, are things that can cost human life if they are not managed properly. These are the things that many have said GM needs to do a better job of focusing on moving forward.