This is NOT what a new car owner wants to hear. Tire air pressure is a major safety issue in stopping and handling of a car, especially in emergency situations.
GM is recalling Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain small SUVs from the 2012 model year because the tire pressure monitoring system isn’t up to federal standards, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall affects 33,964 Equinoxes and Terrains built from July 18 through Sept. 6. Your car’s build date can be found on a sticker affixed to the driver-side door jamb.
The small SUVs have been stars for GM, which has been selling them as fast as it can make them. The completely redesigned Equinox and new Terrain rolled out as 2010 models and sales have continued to grow. Sales in September were up 33% for the Equinox from the month in 2010 and Terrain sales were up 45%.
The tire 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 the recalled SUVs, the warning light won’t illuminate until the tire pressure is more than 25% below the recommended cold tire pressure.
An underinflated tire can cause tire overloading and overheating, leading to a blowout and possible crash. Not to mention it also wears out your tires, causes poor handling and cuts your fuel economy.
The recall is expected to being this month. GM dealers will update the body control module free of charge.