2014 GMC Sierra 1500 lights NHTSA complaints: Exterior Lighting

NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 (Page 5 of 5)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,551 miles

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #19

Nov 302013

Sierra 1500 4WD

  • miles


The headlights on the new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 are incredibly dim. They do not illuminate the road sufficiently and are dangerous. Rural roads are practically a no-go at night because I can't see anything in distance or on the sides of the road. Making turns at night are incredibly dangerous. I feel the need to swap to a better light but there are no options that won't void my warranty by going aftermarket. This is a serious concern for me. Headlights have been adjusted multiple times with no improvement. Nothing that dealership can do since there are no alternate lights other than aftermarket.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #18

Oct 312014

Sierra 1500 4WD

  • 5,000 miles
These head lights are so bad you can only see 50 feet in front of you on low beam at best and on high beam the lights seem to shine are in the trees. I am so sorry I did not test drive at night. Please help fix this issue before someone is hurt.my 2011 Sierra was 100 % better.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #17

Oct 202014

Sierra 1500

  • miles
The headlights on my 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, that I bought last week, are extremely weak. They have no projection to the sides of the road and only project forward maybe 30 ft. At 55 mph at night is asking for an accident to happen. I haven't driven it in rain or snow yet and not looking forward to that. GM needs a recall before winter sets in.

- Hayward, WI, USA

problem #16

Oct 182014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 200 miles


I would like to alert GM that the illumination from the headlights on the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 slt is in my opinion, insufficient and dangerous. On several occasions since purchasing my vehicle in September 2014, I have had to double check to see if my headlights were on while driving at night. The pattern of illumination emitted from the headlights does not provide the vehicle operator with an adequate amount of lighting, especially on the sides of the road to prevent potential collisions with bicyclists and walking pedestrians. I happen to live in a somewhat rural area, that requires driving on roads and highways that do not have adequate street lighting and in some areas no street lights at all. This problem of poor quality headlights is a safety issue in my opinion.

- Fuquay-Varina, NC, USA

problem #15

Sep 242014

Sierra 1500

  • miles
2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Z-71 projection headlights are with out a doubt a safety hazard. Not only are they dim but they do not "project" far enough down the road in either the low or high beam modes. Unsafe because one over drives the beam projected. Unsafe because one cannot see off to the sides where deer and other animals approach sometimes at high speeds. There is no doubt in my mind that General Motors will have to change out these headlights either sooner or later under a recall.

- Hayward, WI, USA

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problem #14

Jul 212014

Sierra 1500

  • 2,300 miles
While driving from Alabama to Pennsylvania in my new GMC I had to slow down to 15 mph under the posted limit due to poor illumination of the road. The high beam headlights shine no where on the road. I once almost missed a turn on a road I drive daily, on another occasion I barely avoided hitting two deer aside the road because the lights broadcast center of road and do not shine at all left or right. Two trips to the dealership have proved useless, first trip they were willing to adjust lights, second trip I was told there is no further adjustment possible. This is unacceptable for a new vehicle that cost $45,000.

- Gallitzin, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 012014

Sierra 1500

  • 720 miles


The contact owns a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that the headlights on vehicle failed to illuminate properly. The headlights were dim and impaired the contacts vision. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 720.

- Hommer, NY, USA

problem #12

Jan 012014

Sierra 1500

  • 100 miles
From day one the headlights on our 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 vehicle are useless. The do not light up at all and is a very bad safety hazard for all. We can drive down the road on high beam and no one will flash us at all. We have notified the dealer and GMC and seem to get no where. They said there has been a lot of complaints for bad visability with the new shutter headlights but GMC says they look pretty. Well pretty does not help being able to see. I have read pages of complaints about how anyone that purchased a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 cannot see at night while driving and again this is a serious safety hazard. The 2014 GMC sierrs 3500 has the regular headlights, why cant the 1500 have these"? we paid $43,000 for this pickup and cant drive it at night for the fear of hitting animals, people walking etc. GMC says oh well you bought it your fault, but who takes a trial ride at night?" if we could we would trade vehicle in for a Chevy, their 2014 has regular headlights. Again I am not the only one that is having headlight problems please search for complaints on this matter and you well see how many people are complaining and GMC is not taking this serious at all!! if we crash at night due to our lights, which where we live in northern Maine, we will definitely be putting some lawyers in on this matter and going after someone for not addressing this safety hazard.

- Portage, ME, USA

problem #11

Jul 152014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The headlight output on my new 2014 GMC Sierra is so poor that I cannot drive the vehicle safely at night. In fact, I do not drive it at all unless it is absolutely necessary. Not only are the lights very dim but the shape of the beam is also very poor. With the current oem headlight equipment, this vehicle is unsafe to operate at night.

- West Point, GA, USA

problem #10

Aug 112014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 2,230 miles
Headlights are weak.

- St Cloud, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 122014

Sierra 1500

  • miles


The headlights on the 2014 GMC Sierra do not supply enough light while driving at night. I was shocked at how little light they put out. It is almost dangerous to drive at night due to the fact that visibility is so limited.

- Mount Vernon, MO, USA

problem #8

Aug 042014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Highway driving at night where dear/vehicle collisions happen on a daily (or nightly) basis with the poor light output of the headlights in the 2014 Sierra is, simply put, to be avoided in my opinion as well as all those who have ridden with me at night. One actually believed I was joking and asked me to turn the real headlights on, if that says anything about what my complaint is about today. I have avoided night driving with this truck in favor of a sedan equipped with oem "high intensity discharge" headlights even though deer represent more of a significant danger due to the height differences between the sedan (Nissan) and the pickup (14 Sierra). I do this because with the Nissan's hid headlights I am capable of seeing the deer (or pedestrians, debris, etc) from an adequate enough distance that allows me to slow way down or otherwise act accordingly. That is not an option with the 2014 GMC Sierra and it's projector headlights. While the Sierra may provide enough light output to suffice in well lit towns and on well lit roadways, it does not do so on secluded roads where deer are most prevalent and in turn the most difficult to see. Turning the "brights" on makes no difference to the actual areas that represent the possible danger one might encounter such as pedestrians, debris on the road, deer as previously mentioned, poorly lit vehicles, etc. It does however illuminate the trees which might be helpful to some but not too me. I understand GM attempting to save where possible, but give us that need better performing headlights have the factory option to upgrade them to hid's, I would have paid for it, as we did with the Nissan, and as my brother did with his Ford F150, both of which have outstanding headlight output thanks to the hid's.

- Marble Falls, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 162014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 20 miles
Unsafe and weak low beam headlights while driving at night.

- Santa Rosa Valley , CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 072014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 100 miles
Worst headlight for a new vehicle. I have owned various GM trucks from 1967 to 2014. Never have I owned a truck with such worthless headlights like the projector beam headlights on my 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 with the all terrain package. The projector headlight are very dim and do not light the road more than 30 feet ahead. At highway speeds (55-70) the projector headlights are only lighting a half second ahead of you. Additionally there is no lighting to illuminate the sholder at all.. you must drive full time with the fog lamps on to have a small increase in lighting. When using the high beams there is very little effect on visibility. Extremely disapointed in the 2014 GMC Sierra. And will unlikely purchase another GM product in the future. At a msrp of over 50 grand I would expect a truck to have adequate headlight to light the road. Without the aftermarket cost to install better lighting the 2014 GMC Sierra is very unsafe to operate at night.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #5

May 142014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 4,100 miles
Headlights are inadequate on low beam without the use of the lower driving/fog lamps. Lower lamps needed to light sides of road. When switching to high beams, lamps are totally useless. Beam is focused way too high and narrows. Without lower fog lamps on with high beams, there is no illumination of the road sides or lower pavement from 5-30/50 feet out in front of vehicle. This is serious issue when driving on rural highways or county roads at night or on open interstates. Unable to see any wildlife or pedestrians on side or in front of vehicle when driving at night.

- Lake Ozark, MO, USA

problem #4

Apr 232014

Sierra 1500

  • 500 miles
Live in West Virginia. Was traveling home from 2nd shift along good country road when I had to swerve to miss a deer. Reason was be the headlights on my week old GMC Sierra are awful. They do not light up the road correctly (side to side) or distance wise. The low beams shine out about 30 feet and when I use the high beams the light is not aimed properly. It shines everywhere but on the road. Dealer said they've had lot of complaints but no info from GM on a fix. My last GM truck had great lights. Should have bought a Ram! this is dangerous and needs not to be covered up like the ignition switch thing.

- Follansbee, WV, USA

problem #3

Mar 222014

Sierra 1500

  • 117 miles
Worst headlight on a new vehicle. I own 4 autos and am scared to drive at highway speed on local Pennsylvania roads. The high beam has no increase in visual effect. Very disappointed I may have to add extra light or modify factory tested lighting to make this adequate for safe driving.

- Gallitzin, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 172013

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 400 miles
Headlights are terrible. Very dim. Brights are no better. Installed aftermarket lighting (just under $400) just to be safe at night.. made complaint with GM. They did not admit to knowledge of the problem and offered nothing to make situation right. I am extremely disappointed and will not buy another GMC with projection headlights.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 012013

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 100 miles
This vehicle has the worse headlights of any vehicle I have owned (I have owned 341). The headlights cut off abruptly at 36 feet in front of the vehicle. You can outdrive the headlights at 5 mph. After 4 visits to the dealership, they have aimed the headlights up to cast the light out further, but the high beams are now 30 feet up in the trees. The light is very, very dim overall. I own a 2014 mossimo utv four wheeler and the lights are brighter and have more distance than my $50,000 truck, I also own a Kia soul, a 2013 Ford Fusion, and a 2014 Chrysler town and country. All of those headlights are much brighter and give great light dispersion on both sides of the road and are bright. My headlights are like a 3 way bulb 70/100/125 watt.my other cars are like the 125 and the GMC is less than the 70 watt setting...good comparison. GMC is using 1 hir single filament bulb with a mechanical flapper for low beam. Very sorry set up. I live in Tennessee where the roads are crooked and have no shoulders. If you drive off the road, you are in a deep ditch or dead. This is a definite safety issue. 1901 headlights on a 2014 truck. I do not any longer drive this vehicle at night. GM has done nothing. No fix, no bulletin. I have read hundreds of complaints about the 2014 GMC headlights on the internet. I guess GM will cover this up like the ignition thing. I had a 2002 corvette that the ignition would lock up the steering wheel on, while driving. GM said it was impossible. I had video. They bought it back. Coverup artists!

- Maryville, TN, USA

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