General Motors Co. has expanded its recall to include more than 180,000 Buick and Pontiac vehicles in North America because of a problem with the cars’ low beam headlights, which could result in temporary or permanent headlight failure. The recall covers 2005 Buick Lacrosse models and 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix models. Approximately 160,000 of the affected vehicles are in the U.S. while about 21,000 are in Canada, where the Lacrosse is marketed as the Allure. GM, which noted that it wasn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the defect, said dealers will replace the headlights until a permanent solution can be found. This announcement adds on to a similar recall issued by GM last November affecting 316,000 cars: 2006-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, and 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X vehicles.
In July, GM said it is recalling nearly 780,000 midsize SUVs worldwide because of a problem with the vehicles’ power liftgates, which can suddenly fall and strike people. That recall covers 2007-2010 Saturn Outlook, 2007-2012 GMC Acadia, 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverse and 2008-2012 Buick Enclave models that are equipped with the power liftgate option. Approximately 690,000 of the affected vehicles are in the U.S., according to GM. The power liftgate, which is the upward-swinging rear door, has gas struts that hold it up when opened, but the struts can prematurely wear out and cause the open liftgate to unexpectedly fall, according to the automaker, which noted that there have been 56 reported injuries but no crashes or fatalities.
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