GM Extends Headlamp Module Warranty

Following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation, General Motors (GM) has extended its headlight warranty to cover problems related to its headlamp driver modules recall. 

The initial recall was for defective low-beam headlights and daytime running lights on certain GM makes and models that were prone to failure. After receiving 128 consumer complaints following the recall, NHTSA opened an investigation on April 30, 2017, to see if the recall fixed the affected vehicles and if enough vehicles were included.

Since 2014, the manufacturer has had problems with its headlights and daytime running lights, when it recalled more than 300,000 vehicles. A year later, the recall was expanded to include an additional 180,000 vehicles.

According to the company, in the affected vehicles, the headlamp driver module may overheat, which could melt the module under the hood and result in failing headlight and daytime running lights.

Vehicles included in the extended warranty program include:

  • 2006-2008 Buick Allure
  • 2006-2008 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2006 Buick Rainier
  • 2006-2009 Chevy TrailBlazer
  • 2006-2009 GMC Envoy
  • 2006 GMC Envoy XL
  • 2006 and 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix

However, not every vehicle listed in the original recall is included in the extended warranty, such as the 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascender, 2006-2008 Saab 9-7X and 2005 Buick LaCrosse.

GM says it will provide owners of affected vehicles extended coverage for problems stemming from the headlamp modules for 12 years or 150,000 miles, whichever happens first.

A GM dealer will provide repairs at no cost, and owners or lessees who have already paid for the repairs can be reimbursed, according to the company.

GM will notify owners who qualify for the extended warranty, and dealers will replace the headlamp driver module, if necessary.

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13 Responses to GM Extends Headlamp Module Warranty

  1. Norman Haskins says:

    I have a 2008 Chevy silverado 1500 that the low beams failed and do not work.they whent out when driving at night.

    • Norman Haskins says:

      Please answer is there a recall.

      • Jenna Reed says:

        Hi Norman,

        Here’s the the link to NHTSA recalls.
        https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls

        Hopefully this helps.

        • mark lewis says:

          your page says my 2006 pontiac grand prix is included in the headlight module recall but the nhtsa.gov site doesn’t show that it is. i don’t understand why it wouldn’t be included. my car is experiencing the exact same problem. i also know that it’s the exact same part as the 2007 model and entire lighting system is the same.

          • Katherine Coig says:

            Hi Mark,

            The 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix is part of the company’s extended warranty program, which is different than the recall. The 2015 recall only listed the 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix, so extending the warranty to include additional vehicles was GM’s response to NHTSA’s investigation which questioned whether or not the right amount of vehicles, as well as other makes and models, were included in the recall.

            That’s likely why you’re not seeing a recall on the 2006 in NHTSA’s database. I’m sorry I don’t have any additional details as to why the 2006 wasn’t included in the recall, but hopefully you’ll have an answer from GM soon.

  2. Bridge says:

    I’m with you Mark, I have been experiencing this in the last month, which is why i’m on this site. At least 4 times now my low-beam headlamps have went out on me coming to work. Every place is closed when I come to work and they are closed when I get off—so I have not had it checked out. My car has over 200,000 miles at present, but it runs good. There should be a recall on th2 2006 as well if we are experiencing the problem too.

  3. Nick Lordi says:

    I have a 2006 GMC Envoy base model my low beams are not working I checked the fuses they’re all good I checked the relay and its good .

  4. Its a good step to compensate the costumers. Low beam problem has been common in most of the cars’ headlights, I hope companies will think about solving the issue not relying on the warranty extension. I have a BMW and want to replace my Headlight Driver Module. Looking for this one https://www.xenonplanet.com/bmw-tms-headlight-driver-module-ballast-63117316187-7316187.html if anyone knows where to get it secondhand do let me know I will be great full.

  5. Ray Bates says:

    I have the same problem on a 2004 Buick Rainer (Same as the Trail Blazer) only has 110,000 miles. I know this this vehicle does not fit the recall but I would like to the part number or part so that I can replace, any help would be gratefully appreciated.

  6. Craig Edelbrock says:

    I have had this same problem on my 06 Grand Prix for years. I actually need to change the HDM Module again today as the other day my headlights went on by themselves and stay on. No key in the ignition, turned off, parked in the driveway at night. I messed with the steering column headlight stick thing and took my hands off the car waited 5 seconds and the headlights came on by themselves and would not shut off again. I have changed this about 4 or 5 times in 3 years. This last one made it since fall of 2017. Don’t get a new GM one as I was just informed by my local GM it would cost me $240 and I can get one from my local Auto Value Parts Store for $31.99. Probably won’t last as long as the GM as they go out every few months, but I am not paying $240 for a relay. That is absurd.

  7. Warren Battiste says:

    What else is affected? Dealership is trying to charge me for burnt connectors on the lamp? Should this not be covered?

  8. Jeffrey simard says:

    My 2008 Buick low beam won’t work it’s coast me alot of money so far could you please help me thank you….

  9. Tom Pettibone says:

    I’ve owned my 2007 Buick Lacrosse for 7 years now. I just replaced this module for the 8th time! GM will only pay for one replacement if at all. I did all of the paperwork, turned in my receipt and never got reimbursed. Beware if you replace it yourself. You may not get your money back!

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