General Motors announced Monday its 79th recall for 2014, this time covering more than 300,000 SUVs in order to fix a headlamp problem. More than half of the affected vehicles were the subject of another recall earlier this year to fix a potential electrical short in the driver’s side power window switch.
Monday’s recall covers the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Buick Rainier from the 2006 and 2007 model years, including the premium 2006 TrailBlazer EXT and Envoy XL, the 2006-2009 Buick LaCrosse sedan and the 2006-2008 Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender SUVs. GM owned Saab from 2000 to 2009 and had a car manufacturing relationship with Isuzu until 2008.
“If the headlamp driver module is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate,” GM said in an emailed statement to Automotive News.
The recall covers 316,357 vehicles, including 273,182 in the United States. Earlier this year GM recalled about 184,000 of the same vehicles for a separate problem.
The 2006-2007 TrailBlazer, Envoy, Rainier and Ascender were recalled this summer over concerns that fluid, such as spilled drinks or rainwater, could penetrate the driver’s side power window switch causing an electrical short and posing a fire risk. The recall spurred GM to advise owners of affected vehicles to keep their cars parked outside until they could have the problem fixed at a GM dealership. The 2005-to-2007 Saab 9-7X was also included in that recall.
GM is facing a recall crisis surrounding 2.6 million older sedans for a fatal ignition switch flaw the company recognizes killed at least 36 people and injured 44 others. After it was revealed individuals inside GM were aware of the flaw as far back as a decade, the company instituted a no-holds-barred series of recall campaigns to regain public trust.
So far this year, GM has called back about 26.8 million vehicles in the U.S. and another 3.6 million abroad. GM’s campaign has helped make 2014 a record year for automotive safety recalls, involving more than 50 million vehicles.