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GM Recalls 200,000 Buicks for Headlamps

DETROIT August 12, 2004; Reuters reported that General Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 200,000 of its Buick cars to equip them with new low beam headlamp bulbs, U.S. federal safety regulators said on Thursday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall -- of 199,793 Buick Century and Regal sedans from the 1999 model year -- was necessary because reduced illumination from their headlights could prevent drivers from reading overhead road signs when driving at night.

GM has been hit with more recalls this year than in all of 2003. Standard & Poor's auto analyst Scott Sprinzen cited the disproportionately high number of recalls in a conference call on Wednesday, saying it was one of the factors weighing on profits at the world's largest automaker.