2012 Buick Regal: Recall Alert

March 13, 2012

General Motors is recalling certain 2012 model year Buick Regal sedans over concerns about faulty parking lights.

A notice in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site (NHTSA) lists the number of potential affected units as 3,633. Affected vehicles, Buick Regal sedans equipped with high-intensity headlamps (HID), were manufactured from February 22, 2011 through February 22, 2012.

The problem

The NHTSA bulletin indicates that the vehicles involved in the recall fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, “Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment.”

Due to a software error, the parking lamps fail to activate either when the headlamps or the parking lamps are turned on. This condition reduces visibility of the vehicle by others, increasing the potential for a vehicle crash.

What General Motors will do

General Motors is notifying owners of affected vehicles and dealers will reprogram the body control module at no charge. In a letter sent to vehicle owners, GM says that the actual reprogramming takes about 25 minutes, but that due to dealership service scheduling, the dealer may require the vehicle longer. The recall is expected to begin March 12, 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2012 model year Buick Regal sedans with any questions or concerns may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.   Reference the General Motors recall No. 12048.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V093000.

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