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A Fix that Sticks: GMC Terrain headlight recall secures free sticker installation for owners

Toronto, Ontario — In today’s modern business climate, branding matters more than ever—GMC knows this as well as anybody, as the legacy truckmaker has come out with a fix for the glare issues facing 2010 to 2017 model year Terrains, in the form of a sticker—sorry, headlamp applique.

Back in March, the owners of approximately 727,000 GMC Terrains were informed by the U.S.’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the SUV’s headlights, and the housing they sit in, are prone to creating a glare that is unsafe for other motorists.

At the time, the NHTSA described the issue as “…a reflection caused by the headlamps’ housing can project a narrow beam of light 80 degrees outboard and 45 degrees upward of each lamp’s forward-center axis.”

Since then, drivers have been taking their Terrains into dealers expecting some sort of sophisticated fix or recalibration of their vehicle’s headlight system. What they got instead, is a translucent diamond-shaped sticker applied to the centre of their front headlights.

In fairness to GMC, at least the applique comes with repair procedure documentation that bills the customer for 0.2 hours of labour time—score!

This particular recall has not been linked to any injuries or deaths and, on our side of the border, Transport Canada never issued a recall for any potentially affected Canadian models.

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