U.S. auto safety regulators have opened an investigation into nearly 87,000 Kia Telluride large crossovers from the 2020 model year after reports of a complete loss of high beams without warning.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation said it has received 23 complaints alleging a complete loss of high beams with no reengagement.
Some of the complaints alleged "reduced visibility at night requiring replacement of the headlight unit," according to a report released Tuesday.
"Failure of the high-beam exterior light system results in reduced visibility for the vehicle operator" and may lead to an increased risk of a crash resulting in injury or property damage, the agency said.
No injuries, accidents or deaths were listed in the report.
Kia America did not immediately respond to Automotive News' request for comment.
The agency has launched the probe — known as a preliminary evaluation — to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety risks of the alleged defect.
Most NHTSA investigations start as preliminary evaluations, in which agency engineers request information from the manufacturer, including data on complaints, injuries and warranty claims. The manufacturer also can present its view regarding the alleged defect and may issue a recall.
After the evaluation, NHTSA will either close the investigation or move into the next phase. If a safety-related defect exists, according to NHTSA, the agency may send a recall request letter to the manufacturer.