General Motors is recalling nearly 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles from the 2016 model year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the headlamps on some of those vehicles may have been improperly manufactured, which could increase the risk of a crash.
The headlamps in question were supplied by SL America, based in Michigan. According to NHTSA documents, a problem with the manufacturer's etching software meant that many of the lamps weren't marked with an important identifier code, which gives people working on the components instructions on how they ought to be aimed. As a result, mechanics and others who work on the Cruze might improperly aim the headlamps, leading to reduced nighttime visibility and an increased risk of accidents.
The recall is limited to 2016 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles built between November 5, 2015 and May 26, 2016. GM says that 32,913 of those vehicles are registered in the U.S.
The good news is, owners may not have to take their vehicles to dealerships for service. When GM mails out recall notices, it will include special adhesive labels that owners can apply to their headlight assemblies. Those labels will provide proper instruction for any service personnel who might work on the components in the future.
If you're not comfortable tackling that task, however, you can take your car to a Chevrolet dealer, who will assist you with applying the labels at no charge.
If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact the Chevrolet Customer Service Department at 1-800-222-1020 and ask about recall #50190. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #16V498000.