The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it completed its review of two GM models, the 2007-2009 Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia – adding it won’t ask the company to recall them.
According to the safety regulator, the investigation – triggered by 473 customer complaints on a fail-prone headlamp – concluded that losing only one lamp was not fundamentally hazardous. The alleged defect affected a total of 248,453 SUVs at both brands.
“Such failures are readily detectable by the driver while allowing the vehicle to retain forward visibility and conspicuity from the remaining headlamp,” the NHTSA said.
The investigation’s final conclusion comes as a little compensation for General Motors, the No.1 US automaker being intensely scrutinized for the failure to address in timely manner a recall over 2.6 million cars equipped with potentially fatal ignition switches. So far, the automaker has subsequently recalled around 29 million vehicles in North America alone – in what could be the largest ever safety review of an automaker. The initial ignition switch recall – tied to more than 16 deaths now – has prompted both Congress and the US Justice Department – among others – to investigate why the automaker needed more than a decade to address a plain and visible safety flaw.