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In all the press flurries about Toyota’s recalls recently, there has been less notice taken of a cluster of GM recalls. In December 2009 and in January of this year, GM has recalled 22,000 Corvettes because the roof could detach and fly off the vehicle.

This recall includes models from 2005 through 2007 of both Corvette and Corvette Z06 models. The adhesive holding the roof to the frame has insufficient bonding strength and is especially likely to separate from the roof in hot and humid conditions. GM received eleven reports of such a separation and loss of the roof.

Starting in January this year, GM has been notifying Corvette owners of the problem and has been reimbursing any who already had paid to have the roof repaired or replaced.

Same Corvette Problem in 2006

Back in 2006, the same problem happened so this is the second time GM has tried to correct it. In 2006, GM recalled 30,793 Corvette models from the years 2005 and 2006. At that time, GM inserted adhesive foam to strengthen the bond and in some cases it replaced the roof.

In 2006 there were 108 warranty claims of roof separation after the foam was added to supposedly fix the problem.

January 2010 Recall Over Vehicle Software Failure

Also in January, GM issued another recall for 59,000 2010 models of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles. The software in the instrument panel was shutting down the heating, air conditioning, defrost and radio controls, and panel lighting. There was risk of accidents as a result of having no defrosting for the windscreen, although no injuries were reported. GM has been replacing the computer module.

Fire Hazard Recall in April, 2009

In April last year, GM recalled about 1.5 million models from 1997 through 2003. This recall was in response to fire danger in:

  • Buick Regal (1997-2003)
  • Pontiac Grand Prix (1998-1999)
  • Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue (1998-1999)
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo (1998-2003)
  • Chevrolet Impala (200-2003)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had predicted vehicles fires and demanded the recall. When the manifold became hot and oil got below the heat shield, it could have caught fire and spread to the plastic spark plug wire channel, and perhaps beyond, which would have created fire in the whole engine compartment.

Dealers have been removing the spark plug wire retention channel and installing two new spark plug wire retainers at no charge to vehicle owners.

Like many other defective product recalls, vehicle recalls happen frequently. GM has issued other 2009 recalls also, over defective brakes, brake lights, fuel systems, transmission shift levers, and defective seat belts. Ford issued a 2009 recall for defective cruise controls in over 14 million vehicles that caused over 550 fires.

If you have been injured by a defective vehicle, the vehicle manufacturer can potentially be held responsible in a product liability suit. Please contact our Mobile, Alabama law office today to schedule a free case review.

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