The Detroit News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into 103,374 Chevrolet Corvette models built between 2005 and 2007. The administration is currently looking into a headlight issue after receiving 30 complaints from owners saying that the vehicle abruptly lost both low beams. Demonstrating its uncanny affinity for the obvious, NHTSA said, "The loss of illumination impairs the driver's ability to see the roadway." Such a condition could lead to a crash.

Some of the complaints state that the problem is intermittent, while others say the issue only began after driving over an object in the road. Still others say the low beams return after the vehicle has been parked for some time. Both high-beams and fog lights remain functional in every case, however.


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      Rusty_Ol_Dog
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a suggestion for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Look into the crap auto makers are using on headlamp covering. The crap starts to degrade and turns frosty or yellow. This happens to the point you can't see where you're going. Sure you can pay $35.00 plus to have it buffed out (only to do the same thing). This is a defect/flaw straight from almost every auto manufacturer that has been overlooked for too long.
        Wade
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rusty_Ol_Dog
        Yeah no kidding. I understand that a headlamp assembly get pelted with sand, rocks, and debri. I get that they are exposed to exhaust being blown directly back on to them. I also know some vehicles leak fluids on to the road that can and do blow back on my vehicle creating road grime. That is all to be expected. So in saying that please do not think I am being sarcastic. What I am getting at is that considering all of the factors that make up the environment on the road you would think these companies could come up with a sollution. I have an old Toyota pickup truck that has the sealed beam halogen bulbs you replace as a unit reflector, lens, and beam. My current lamps are about 5 years old. They show no signs of fading or yellowing. The only reason I can think this is so is because the lens on these lamps is flat and made of glass. The newer vehicles with permanent lenses tend to have globe shaped lenses that would be fragile if made out of glass. Never the less considering cars are able to send text messages for you and have panaramic sunroofs, I would think we could have headlights wearthy of using. You bring up a great talking point and it is one that I have heard before.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      What does this have to do with Tesla? Come on Teslablog! Seriously though - I know 2 people that had this happen to them and one was rainy night. Drove all the way home with his brights on.
        RetrogradE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        HAHA. I guess I'm not the only one who sees the connection between Tesla and AB. It's time for AB to come clean, tell us what they're getting out of the deal so I don't feel like this is just a big Ad Blog instead of a slightly more objective auto news resource. Or don't tell us. . . in the meantime, I'll keep picturing Zach, Matt, and the other writers at AB in bed with Musk doing some crazy stuff together. I'm talking about stuff that couldn't even be published in Letters to Penthouse.
      Jake S
      • 1 Year Ago
      It only takes 30 complaints for the NHTSA to do something about a reported problem? I can think of dozens of reports of failed clutch slave cylinders on 2008 350Zs and slipping clutches on 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipses that didn't get any attention. Maybe they only go after companies that don't donate to the NHTSA's Annual Christmas Charity Ball.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jake S
        So you're saying a slipping clutch is as much of a safety hazard as your headlights just going off at night. Hmmmm. Weird.
      my444cars
      • 1 Year Ago
      the low beams went out, and the low performance owner of the car lacked the wit to hit the high beams.
      jossch724
      • 1 Year Ago
      My inclination has always been to purchase new domestic vehicles. Our rush to purchase imports is visible on any road. I see more Hyundia's, Hondas, Kia's and Toyotas than the GM and Ford brands. Throw in a few Audis, Volkswagen, Benz and a Mazda for good measure. I can't wait to see the cheap Chinese cars flooding our shores in a few years, the stores are filled with Chinese goods, might as well fill our roads. We should connect a lot better with our own manufacturing base with good paying jobs.
        Worx2749
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jossch724
        Where do you think Hondas, Subarus, Nissans, and Toyotas are built? Here, and Americans are being paid to build them. I wonder how many "domestic" vehicles qualify as domestically built?
      conank226
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not an engineering expert by any means, but to me this sounds like a problem involving poor insulation, some seemingly minor flaw whose effects aren't felt until later. You know, after the warranty expires...
      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      The fault is a design that looks like an aftermarket kit. Flush projector headlights can come in any shape these days. I always thought that element of the C6 design let down the rest of the car.
      ga7smi
      • 1 Year Ago
      how much taxpayer money is being wasted on this BS?
      DanD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Defective relays....probably made in China!
      zoraone
      • 1 Year Ago
      The GM plants will construct autos that will be sold in China. These autos are not intended to be shipped to the United States. Very foolish for GM to build cars in China and then have to pay for shipping and export fees. The China project has a value of $11 billion dollars. What you are not away of is that, at the same time, GM is spending $16 billion in the United States. Trust me, GM will do great without any purchases from you.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      kargi
      • 1 Year Ago
      yeah they look cheap.. they should have recalled it immediately after they made it..
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