An investigation into faulty headlights on more than 100,000 Chevrolet Corvettes has been upgraded by federal safety regulators.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday a preliminary evaluation of headlights on 103,107 Corvettes revealed that both low-beam headlights would stop working “simultaneously and without warning.”
Numerous owner complaints on the NHTSA’s website describe the headline failure occurring after the car was driven for a short period of time. “Entering a sharp curve, my lights went out and causing [sic] the car to dip off the road,” wrote one owner. “The circumstances could have been worse had it be [sic] in the opposite direction with oncoming traffic.”
No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this issue, which affects Corvettes from the 2005 through 2007 model years. “GM is continuing to cooperate with the NHTSA in its investigation,” GM spokesman Alan Adler said in a statement.
The agency will now conduct an engineering analysis to determine whether a recall of the affected Corvettes would be necessary. A total of 95 cases of low-beam failure have been reported.
General Motors told the NHTSA that the problem was caused by a circuit in the engine bay that is placed in a “high heat area near the engine,” which could cause it to malfunction once the engine is warmed up, the agency said.
The NHTSA opened the initial investigation in May of this year.
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