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2010 GMC TerrainGeneral Motors is recalling nearly 34,000 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers over improperly calibrated tire pressure monitoring sensors.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the monitors are required to be calibrated to illuminate a warning light any time a tire is inflated to 25 percent below the recommended level. The sensors in 2012 Equinox and Terrain models may not illuminate until the tire is much further below that threshold. NHTSA says that improperly inflated tires could lead to an accident due to premature wear and excess heat.

In addition, improperly inflated tires can reduce fuel economy and result in poor handling as well. GM will update the body control module on affected vehicles free of charge once the recall gets under way this month.

Of course, this is as good of a time as any to remind drivers to always check their tire pressure at regular intervals, regardless of what the light on the dash says. Hit the jump to see the full recall notice for yourself.
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Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
2012 CHEVROLET / EQUINOX

2012 GMC / TERRAIN

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC

Mfr's Report Date: OCT 18, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V511000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS

Potential Number of Units

Affected: 33,964

Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHEVROLET EQUINOX AND GMC TERRAIN VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 18, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 6, 2011, FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NUMBER 138, "TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM" (TPMS). THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO ILLUMINATE THE TIRE PRESSURE WARNING LIGHT WHEN THE PRESSURE IN A TIRE IS 25% BELOW THE RECOMMENDED COLD TIRE PRESSURE. ON THESE VEHICLES, THE LIGHT WILL NOT ILLUMINATE UNTIL THE TIRE PRESSURE IS MORE THAN 25% BELOW THE RECOMMENDED COLD TIRE PRESSURE.

Consequence:
UNDERINFLATED TIRES CAN RESULT IN TIRE OVERLOADING AND OVERHEATING, WHICH COULD LEAD TO A BLOWOUT AND POSSIBLE CRASH. THE RESULTING CRASH COULD CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY. UNDERINFLATED TIRES CAN ALSO RESULT IN PREMATURE OR IRREGULAR WEAR, POOR HANDLING, AND POOR FUEL ECONOMY.

Remedy:
GM DEALERS WILL UPDATE THE BODY CONTROL MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC AT 1-866-996-9463.

Notes:
GM'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 11261. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      Tiberius1701
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank that a-hole Jac Nasser for this debacle....If he would have come out and just said we are confident in the Explorer's design (and not harpooned Firestone in the process) and put the blame where it belonged-poor owner maintenance practices and overloaded vehicles-we wouldn't have these Nanny State required monstrosities to begin with. In other words learn how to use a tire gauge, proles!!
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tiberius1701
        No, too complicated for the typical American today. But you are right that the Explorer debacle was the root cause of the blasted TPMs that we all have to pay for now.
      tipdrip215
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with True voice below. TPMS sensors are ridiculous. It's a shame we have to be spoon fed and have a light on the dash just because some idiots don't know how to use a tire gauge. Ford is also at fault in this too. On another note, just recently license plate frames became illegal in my state (NC). I work in a tire shop, and when that first went into effect, I had people showing up just to have their frames removed. Is it really getting so bad that we can't even use a screwdriver anymore let alone a tire pressure gauge? Sad sad sad.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Hal20xx
        • 3 Years Ago
        I actually prefer this post compared to the incessant whining above. Some of you are just looking for excuses.
        v6sonoma
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good to see web cam porn is working well for her. =)
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do I understand this correctly: American drivers don't know how to check tire pressure any more?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BG
        It's not American drivers. It's people who don't know how to take care of their vehicles properly. They don't deal with the tiny maintenance issues and just use the car for A-B travelling and don't care for anything else. I've known some of these people. I've had to teach them and permanently glue it into their minds that they need to do stuff like this in order to stay safe, save money on tires, and save on gas. I have a HUGE feeling that there are other people around the world who are the same way. Don't think your country is exempt or perfect.
      Daniel Manton-Leigh
      • 3 Years Ago
      So thats why the Escalade has such poor fuel economy and handling... improperly inflated tires??! Zing!
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Daniel Manton-Leigh
        It may also be the inflation in the owners' brains.
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sensors in my Sierra come on at 31psi and they are right on the button, if it says the R front is 31 it's 31. This is one of the little things I really appreciate about my truck, not only will low pressure affect your mileage but the vehicle doesn't drive, ride, handle as well and isn't as safe..... But something that annoys the heck out of me is you can't find air anywhere these days, I drive to the dealer to air my tires. Most places that use to have air will tell you that vandals steal the tips off the hoses.
        v6sonoma
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        http://www.walmart.com/ip/Slime-12-Volt-Tire-Inflator/14254129 worth the small investment. ;-)
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        I carry a small portable air compressor in my truck. However, where I live, nearly every gas station has a free air station. Guess we don't have as many issues around here.
        EB110Americana
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        I'm not sure where you live, but here are some helpful hints on how to air up for free. Most tire stores will fill your tires as a courtesy at whatever pressure you request even if you didn't buy anything or get service there. And if they aren't super busy, they'll usually do it right when you drive in without you having to wait in line or anything. I've worked at several tire stores and we all did this. Surprisingly few people take advantage of it, so it's actually not the chore you might think. The other thing (at least in California) is that all gas stations are required by law to provide air for your tires when you buy gas. Many have a coin-op for those not buying gas, but if you just walk inside and ask them to turn on the air, they almost never ask if you also purchased gas. If they use tokens, they'll usually just give you one.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Score one for the morons of the world...
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