NHTSA Expands Chevrolet Corvette Headlight Investigation

By | August 27, 2013
After complaints about low-beam headlights on the sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette suddenly shutting off, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it will upgrade its investigation to include more than 100,000 Corvettes with a model year between 2005 and 2007. So far 95 complaints and reports have been filed from owners with this issue. Earlier this year, the NHTSA opened an investigation in regards to this issue on 2008 model year Corvettes after receiving multiple reports. Included in these reports, one driver ran over a discarded tire while pulling over, while other complaints stated that the lights returned after some time had passed, usually after parking the vehicle. According to General Motors, "loss of headlights is caused by a fractured low beam circuit wire in the underhood bussed electrical center, an electrical assembly that is similar to a fuse box." Other reports related to this vehicle include near-accidents, and some Corvette owners have even posted in forums with tips to get the lights back on.
GM says it is cooperating fully with the NHTSA to resolve this issue, and when the engineering analysis of the investigation is completed, the NHTSA may ask the automaker to recall the affected vehicles if they pose a safety risk to owners. Source: Detroit News