General Motors is recalling nearly 34,000 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models for a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that doesn’t meet federal standards. The affected vehicles are from the 2012 model year, and were built from July 18, 2011 through September 6, 2011.
The TPMS is designed to turn on a light when the tire pressure is 25 percent below the recommended cold pressure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the TPMS’s in these models do not meet federal standards because they “will not illuminate until the tire pressure is more than 25% below the recommended cold tire pressure.”
Underinflated tires are dangerous, and can overheat or overload, which could lead to a tire blowout. NHTSA also says that “underinflated tires can also result in premature or irregular wear, poor handling, and poor fuel economy.”
If you’re affected by this recall, take your Terrain or Equinox to your GM dealer. They’ll make sure your TPMS is working properly, and they’ll do the work for free. GM’s safety recall number is 11261. If you have questions about your Terrain, contact GMC at 1-866-996-9463. Contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 with questions about your Equinox. Or you may reach NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or www.safercar.gov.
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