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GM Recalls 34,000 Equinox And Terrain Models!

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On: Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 9:51AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


GM Recalls 34,000 Equinox And Terrain Models!

So it seems despite the GMC commercials touting that the Terrain can guide, stow, slide, and tow, the one thing it and its cousin, the Chevrolet Equinox, cannot do is warn its owner that its cold tire pressure is 25% below normal. It seems that the tire-pressure warning light will go on only when the tire pressure is well below the 25% mark. This does not comply with federal requirements, resulting in a recall of 33,964 vehicles that have been produced over the last two model years. Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Chevrolet / Equinox2012
GMC / Terrain2012

Manufacturer:General Motors LLC
Mfr's Report Date:Oct 18, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V511000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Tires: Pressure Monitoring And Regulating Systems
Potential Number of Units Affected:33,964

Summary:

General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles, manufactured from July 18, 2011, through September 6, 2011, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 138, "tire pressure monitoring system" (TPMS). The tire pressure monitoring system is designed to illuminate the tire pressure warning light when the pressure in a tire is 25% below the recommended cold tire pressure. On these vehicles, the light will not illuminate until the tire pressure is more than 25% below the recommended cold tire pressure.

Consequence:

Underinflated tires can result in tire overloading and overheating, which could lead to a blowout and possible crash. The resulting crash could cause serious injury. Underinflated tires can also result in premature or irregular wear, poor handling, and poor fuel economy.

Remedy:

GM dealers will update the body control module free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2011. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 and GMC at 1-866-996-9463.

Notes:

GM'S Safety Recall Number is 11261. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


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