Headlight Headache

Headlight Headache

Headlights started out as lanterns with reflecting mirrors, resulting in a very weak, low-speed-only means of illumination. When electric headlights came into use, they broke easily and did not have a lens to focus the beams of light. Somewhere around 1910, the first direct ancestor of today’s headlights made its debut, and the technology has grown steadily more complex from these humble beginnings – so much so that malfunctioning headlights are the reason for some recent government investigations.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that a headlamp driver module (HDM) manufactured by Delphi and used by General Motors may be at risk of overheating. This can disable the daytime running lights and low-beam headlights, impairing a driver’s ability to see the road and reducing the car’s visibility to other vehicles. Less visibility means more chances of an accident. The recall in August of 2005 Buick LaCrosse vehicles and 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles is in addition to a 2014 recall for the same issue. That recall concerned 2006-2009 Buick LaCrosse sedans, 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazers, 2006-2007 GMC Envoys, 2006-2007 Buick Rainiers, 2006-2008 Saab 9-7Xs and 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascenders.

While not yet recalled, more than 500,000 model year 2003-2005 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles are being examined by the NHTSA for the second time since 2008 after continuing reports that headlights suddenly turn off.

Over 600 consumer complaints have been received by the NHTSA, describing failures of both low-beam headlights while driving, including some reports of hitting objects that the drivers could not see. While the automaker had received only about 300 complaints at the time of the first investigation, which was closed after no defect was found, Ford has since gotten more than 3,000 similar reports from car owners.

If you are ever curious about where your car fits into the ever-changing recall puzzle, you can use this online tool to directly access the recall database of major vehicle manufacturers. Entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) will also show you whether a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall in the last 15 years.

At the Mann Law Firm, we have successfully represented victims throughout Georgia who have been seriously hurt by defective products. We have also assisted families who have lost loved ones to defective cars and trucks. For over 50 years, we have been helping injured consumers put their lives back on track, and we are ready to help you. For advice on how to proceed next or if you have any questions about this topic, call (478) 742-3381 or submit our online form.