Although we would like to believe that our vehicles are ultimately free of imperfections, this is not always the case. According to a detnews.com article, GM has recalled 22,000 Chevrolet Corvettes due to concerns that the vehicle roof may fly off while being operated.
General Motors informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that its 2005-07 model year Corvettes and Corvette Z06 models contain adhesive between the roof panel and frame that may come apart. GM is supposed to install a redesigned roof panel for affected vehicles as well as reimburse motorists who have already had their roofs repaired or replaced.
GM released the following statement: "If there is a partial separation, the driver may notice one or more symptoms, such as a snapping noise when driving over bumps, wind noise, poor roof panel fit, roof panel movement/bounce when a door or hatch is closed, or a water leak.”
In 2006, after reports of at least 11 roof separations, GM issued a similar recall attributing the roof problem to inadequate bonding strength. In their attempt to fix the issue, GM inserted adhesive foam, and in certain cases, replaced the roofs. However, after doing so, GM learned of 108 claims of roof separation after foam was added to fix the issue. Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries.
In addition, GM has recalled 59,000 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles due to the risk of software in the center instrument panel causing the heater, air conditioner, defroster, radio controls, and panel illumination, to stop functioning.
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