The investigation, initiated on Monday, affects an estimated 103,374 Corvettes.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. auto safety regulators have launched a preliminary investigation into the Chevrolet Corvette from model years 2005 to 2007, citing dozens of complaints that the car's headlights can turn themselves off without warning.
The investigation, initiated on Monday, affects an estimated 103,374 Corvettes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice published today.
"GM is cooperating with the investigation," a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail today.
None of the 30 complaints to NHTSA involved a crash or injuries. But in one of the complaints, a Corvette driver claims to have run over a discarded tire while trying to pull off the road without working headlights.
In each of the complaints, it was the low beams that turned themselves off. The high beams and fog lights usually kept working, NHTSA said, and some drivers reported that once the car was parked for a period of time, the low beams started working again.
In individual complaints, several Corvette drivers said that they brought their cars to Chevrolet dealers or repair shops, and were told the problem lay in the fuse box, which can overheat due to its proximity to the engine.
The customers were quoted between $600 and $1,200 to replace the fuse box.
"There is nothing the car owner could have done to prevent this issue from occurring," one driver wrote. "It is sad owners have to pay to repair a part that shouldn't wear out, because of a design flaw."