• Mar 14, 2009
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General Motors is recalling 1,798 2009 HUMMER H3T models so that dealers may install a new-design fuel tank front strap support. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of the HUMMER H3T models have a condition that may result in the fuel tank front support fracturing. When the front support breaks, the fuel tank only remains supported by the tank's rear support and the stone shield. If left unattended in this position, the rear strap and stone shield may eventually fail, causing the fuel tank to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Owners may contact HUMMER at 800-732-5493 or visit the Owner Center for more information. NHTSA Safety Campaign after the jump.



[Source: NHTSA]

VEHICLE MAKE/MODEL: 2009 HUMMER / H3T

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V080000

Summary:

GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING 1,738 MY 2009 HUMMER H3T VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH THE FUEL TANK FRONT SUPPORT STRAP MAY FRACTURE. IF THIS OCCURS, THE FUEL TANK WOULD BE SUPPORTED BY THE REAR SUPPORT STRAP AND STONE SHIELD ONLY. CONTINUED USE OF THE VEHICLE MAY EVENTUALLY FRACTURE THE REAR SUPPORT STRAP AND SHIELD FASTENERS.

Consequence:

THE FUEL TANK COULD SEPARATE FROM THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW-DESIGN FUEL TANK FRONT SUPPORT STRAP FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 10, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HUMMER AT 800-732-5493 OR OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:

GENERAL MOTORS 09048. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not the first time there's been reports of trouble with GM pickups and fuel tanks, although those tests back in the '80s that revealed the gas tanks would burst into flames in a side-impact collision were found to be using a sparking device to set the tanks ablaze.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Donnie... The "tests" you are referring to, were conducted by the TV show Dateline NBC.

        The show recreated the crash conditions in which the GM pickup was crashed from the side. The re-enactments weren't dramatic enough for TV, so the producers put incendiary devices in the headlights of the vehicles impacting into the truck to make sure it caught on fire. A stupid move on the TV producers' part, but it had nothing to do with why the recall of GM pickups were initiated.

        The RECALL was INITITIATED back in the 80's, because A NUMBER OF DRIVERS OF GM PICKUPS INVOLVED IN SIDE IMPACT ACCIDENTS WERE BURNED TO DEATH due to the fuel tanks being placed on the outside of the frame rails. The fuel cell placement made it very susceptible to rupture and starting a fire in side crashes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your comment doesn't contribute anything to this. The trucks you mentioned had two fuel tanks, each mounted on the sides of the truck bed frame, and were on a completely different platform.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Talk about bad gas milage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A window fell off my Chrysler 300C as I was driving, and my current Chrysler has similar window problems.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This seems perfect for a Michael Bay film
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh man, the bottom's really fallen out on the hummer market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should issue a recall for the hub caps falling off my friend's 98 Corolla.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who told u the PARTS failing come from japan????????????

      Most of the japanese car got recall BECAUSE THE CAR IS MADE IN USA or ASSEMBLY IN THE USA

      If the same model japanese car, the one original shiped from japan always has better quality than the america assemly stuff. Even the same Buick's new Park Avenue , the one made in china has better quality than the US one.

      Oh, by the way all car companies already downgrade their car for the America market, maybe is easier for the american worker???? lol

      • 5 Years Ago
      Lucky for GM this only affects 3 Hummer owners as the rest of the 1795 are still sitting on dealer lots.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you beat me on it :))))
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota has had even more serious problems with shoddy quality on their pickups.

      This recall is nothing compared to the tens of thousands of Tacomas that Toyota had to buy back because the frames would rust through leading to an unsafe condition, not to mention Toyota's criminal coverup of the steering shaft snapping problem that led to so many deaths here in the US and worldwide.

      Toyota really builds a shoddy product nowadays.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @TRDSmokedU - YOU need to get with the times -Tacoma trucks have been recalled for rust perforation as part of a nationwide recall due to faulty anti-corrosion undercoating used on trucks sold between 1995 and 2000. Those are NOT 1980's Tacomo's. Then there's power-train recalls on 2007 Tundra's, brake & electrical recalls on 2006 Tundra's, a Engine and Engine Cooling System recall, two interior system recalls, a suspension recalls and an electrical system recall on 2006 Tundra's.

        On 2004 Tunda's: three lighting system, one engine, and two suspension & brake recalls.On Tacoma, from 1995 to2007, 41 separate recalls. 19 recalls on 4Runner.

        So much for Toyota's much touted quality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Recalls are not a bad thing per se... These things happen. In a realistic engineering environment it's impossible to foresee 100% of possible errors or defects. At some point you'll have to accept a statistical number of failures.

      So i'd rather have them owning up to the problem and replacing it within the normal warranty (for free) than being left with the costs of replacing it yourself (or possibly crashing the thing) Even so it's a nuisance to the costumers and a waste of time.

      That being said: a fuel tank support is quite basic, so bad points for Hummer on this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Typical GM, of course they are only making cars for 100 years. You would think they would have learned by now how to design a gas tank support that can last until the warranty expires. Sheesh!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow.. so many comments. how many millions H3T did GM made for the past 10 years? if its a large number like in millions, I believe there is a small possibility that one out of 100 of them might be defect or did not made properly. But if its a low volume vehicle, they should have at least give extra time to inspect it before they roll it out the factory or test it. This is what u got from a re badged or remodel "SUV" if they design it from a scratch this problem might be solve or discovered when they start designing or test this vehicle.
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