General Motors Recalls Electric Hummers Over Faulty Tail Lights
General Motors is recalling certain electric Hummer trucks and sport utility vehicles that the company says are equipped with malfunctioning tail lights.
A software glitch is to blame for lights that could illuminate permanently or not at all, according to GM.
“A tail lamp that fails to illuminate or illuminates incorrectly may reduce the visibility of the vehicle or communicate incorrect information to other road users, increasing the risk of a crash,” the company said in a safety bulletin.
The recall is limited to 10 vehicles from the model year 2022. The company said it was aware of at least three complaints about the defect, but has not been alerted of any accidents related to it.
Owners of recalled vehicles will be notified by the end of April, GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners will be asked to bring their vehicles to a local dealer for inspection and repair, free of charge.
General Motors officially revived the Hummer earlier this year, bringing back the hulking vehicles as plug-in cars. It is part of a wider effort to shift production focus to electric vehicles.
Still, GM has struggled to ensure that the new Hummers and other vehicles that it puts on the road are actually safe to drive. Like other major automakers, the company recalls hundreds of thousands of vehicles every year because of a variety of defects that put the safety of drivers, passengers and others on the road at risk.
Last year, GM recalled roughly 15,000 vehicles because of a fuel pump defect that the company said could cause cars to stall unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. The company more recently called back some 95,000 sport utility vehicles, citing a defect that could cause their seatbelts to become inoperable.
California Hummer Owners: Know Your Legal Rights
Whether it is a Hummer or another type of vehicle, California car owners have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
Formally known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the law requires car manufacturers to perform a full range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also requires manufacturers to buy back (or replace, in certain situations) cars that they are unable or just refuse to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, as well as other related fees and costs.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that a person must make before the buyback or replacement requirement kicks in. That is one of several reasons why it is essential to consult an experienced California lemon law attorney.
Talk with a California Lemon Law Attorney Today
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.