General Motors has issued a recall for the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2012 GMC Terrain. At issue is the vehicles' tire pressure monitoring system, which doesn't meet federal standards.
Tire pressure systems are supposed to alert drivers when the pressure in any tire is 25% below the recommended cold tire pressure. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, however, warning lights on 2012 models of the Equinox and Terrain won't illuminate until the vehicles' tires are more than 25% below acceptable levels.
This may not seem like an especially serious flaw, but underinflated tires can be a major problem. At the very least, they tend to wear unevenly, and they have a negative impact on fuel economy. In worst-case scenarios, underinflated tires can become overheated and burst, resulting in potentially fatal crashes.
The recall includes Equinoxes and Terrains manufactured between July 18, 2011 and September 6, 2011. In all, some 33,964 vehicles are affected.
If you own one of the vehicles included in this recall, you should expect to receive notification from GM before the end of the month. At that time, you'll be able to take your vehicle to a GM dealership, which will fix it free of charge.
If you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to contact your local GM dealer. Alternately, you can call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438 or GMC at 866-996-9463 and reference safety recall #11261. If you'd prefer to contact the NHTSA, you can do so by calling 888-327-4236 and referencing recall campaign #11V511000.