GM will recall 2005-07 Corvettes
Auto company to replace roofs after fix failed to work
David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau
General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling 22,000 Chevrolet
Corvettes over concerns that the roof may fly off the vehicle.
The new recall applies to 2005-07 model year Corvettes and Corvette Z06
models, and comes after a 2006 recall didn't fix the problem.
GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the
adhesive between the roof panel and frame may separate. GM will install
a redesigned roof panel as a result.
"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," GM said.
In May 2006, GM told NHTSA that it was recalling 30,793 2005-06
Corvettes over concerns that the vehicles, "primarily in hot and humid
climates, have a condition in which the adhesive between the roof panel
and the frame may separate."
GM said the problem was due to inadequate bonding strength, following
reports of at least 11 roof separations. GM's 2006 fix was to insert
adhesive foam and, if necessary, replace the roof.
In March, an inquiry from Japan's Ministry of Land Infrastructure and
Transport about a Corvette roof repaired after the 2006 recall prompted
GM to look at its U.S. warranty claims data for Corvettes.
As a result, GM found 108 claims of roof separation after the foam was
added to fix the problem.
GM spokesman Alan Adler said there are no reports of injuries.
Now, GM will replace the roofs. It will begin notifying owners in
January and will reimburse motorists who already had their roofs
repaired or replaced.
Also Monday, GM recalled 59,000 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain
vehicles over concerns that the software in the center instrument panel
could cause the heating, air conditioning, defrost and radio controls,
as well as the panel illumination, to stop working.