Investigation of General Motors’ Saturn and GMC Vehicles Closed

Jul 26, 2014 2:03 pm ET

July 26 (Bloomberg) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its review of two General Motors Co. vehicles, the 2007-2009 Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia, the federal safety regulator said today.

The agency won’t seek a recall of either sport utility vehicle after receiving 473 customer complaints about a defective headlamp that could affect a total of 248,453 SUVs for both brands. The review of customer petitions was closed after the NHTSA determined that the loss of a single headlamp wasn’t a significant enough safety risk.

“Such failures are readily detectable by the driver while allowing the vehicle to retain forward visibility and conspicuity from the remaining headlamp,” it said.

GM, the biggest U.S. automaker, is stepping up the pace of recalls of its other vehicles as it faces multiple investigations for its slowness in calling back 2.59 million small cars with ignition flaws linked to at least 13 deaths. Congress and the U.S. Justice Department are both investigating why it took GM more than a decade to recall the vehicles. Since that action began in February, the company has recalled other cars for similar issues and to fix a wide range of problems.

The Detroit-based company already has surpassed the record for U.S. safety fixes by an automaker in a calendar year. GM’s recall tally now stands at 25.5 million for the U.S. and 28.8 million for North America. That eclipses Ford Motor Co.’s single-year record of 23.3 million in 2001.

--With assistance from Tim Higgins in Detroit and Jeff Plungis in Washington.