• Dec 29, 2009
Do you own a Chevrolet Corvette? If so, is it a 2005 to 2007 model? If you answered "yes," does your 'Vette have a removable top? If (again) yes, have you noticed a snapping noise while driving over speed bumps? What about extra wind noise? Does your roof panel move when you slam the door or rear hatch? Have you noticed water beading down on your head during wet weather even though the removable roof is in place? If you answered "yes" to three or more of these questions, Chevrolet has a recall for you.

Seems as if the glue that holds the outer portion of the panel to the Corvette's roof frame has been failing. Full, worst case scenario consequence would be the outer part of the panel separating completely and flying away where it "could strike a following vehicle and cause injury and/or property damage." Seems as if we've heard something about this adhesive problem before... way back in April of 2006.

According to General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, all 22,090 2005-2007 removable roof Corvette owners would be well advised to go down to their local dealer and get a new roof, gratis. Also: special bonus props to whomever can name the special edition Corvette pictured above. There are a couple of clues if you look hard enough.

[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nothing new here, T-tops have always been problematical. Anybody here remember the "Wind Rush" repair on Firebirds and Camaro's ? Thought so, no one old enough here.
      invisiblepigeon3
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey it's not a design flaw. That's GM's idea of "active aerodynamics"! Jettison spare parts like the roof at high speed. It's f'ing brilliant, just like everything else they've done that drove them into the ground over the last 3 decades.

      And those roof pannels aren't "gratis"... they're TAX SUBSIDIZED, just like every POS they sell.

      ok morons, begin clicking the star thing like it'll change the facts. QUICK GO GO GO!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      steveranieri 9:48AM (12/29/2009)

      aahhh another well built American car
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      Yea, using made in japland glue :-(
      108 roof panels out of 100,000 units, the world is coming to and end

      On the other hand at the least TOY ota knew about the floor mat way back in 2007 and unintended acceleration since 2004 !, did nothing and allowed Americans to get killed !

      U.S. safety regulators have looked into hundreds of reports of uncontrolled acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles over more than five years. The complaints vary from sudden engine bursts that can be controlled by applying the brakes, to unintended acceleration that persists despite the driver's effort to slow the vehicle.

      The reports are linked to 15 fatalities, including four people killed in a 2009 Lexus ES 350 that crashed on Aug. 28 after its driver was unable to slow the car, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

      Its investigations and those conducted by Toyota have led to three recalls, the first in 2007 to replace driver-side, all-weather mats that could entrap the gas pedal.

      Toyota announced in September that it would recall 3.8 million vehicles. It is now in discussions with NHTSA about new measures to address this long-standing issue.

      March 3, 2004 -- NHTSA opens its first investigation into allegations of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles equipped with electronic throttle control, also known as drive-by-wire technology. The investigation covered 2002 and 2003 model year Lexus ES 300, Toyota Camry and Camry Solara sedans.

      Aug. 5, 2005 -- NHTSA investigates a complaint alleging defects in the throttle and brake systems, or a combination of the two, causing unintended acceleration.

      Sept. 14, 2006 -- NHTSA opens an investigation into a complaint of an engine surge in a 2006 Toyota Camry.

      March 29, 2007 -- NHTSA opened a formal investigation into reports of unintended acceleration, sometimes for long periods, of Lexus ES 350 sedans. While drivers said braking was effective in slowing the acceleration, they were unable to stop the vehicle. They said they weren't able to turn off the engine by pressing the control button. Later, they said they were unaware that it needed to be depressed for fully three seconds to stop a car in motion.

      The Office of Defects Investigation said it had "observed that an unsecured Lexus accessory all-weather floor mat can trap the throttle pedal in an open position resulting in significant unwanted acceleration." It said two vehicles it inspected showed brake damage due to overheating. It said Toyota acknowledged that improperly installed mats may have been related to some of the incidents, and agreed to alert owners. On Aug. 8, 2007, NHTSA upgraded the investigation to an engineering analysis to study the problem further.

      Aug. 8, 2007 -- The investigation identifies unsecured mats that can entrap the pedal as a cause of unintended acceleration. It said the risk posed by improperly secured mats was not made clear to owners, who sometimes received their new vehicles with loose mats. NHTSA said drivers also need to be told how the ignition button functions. Toyota issued recall notices to owners of Lexus and Toyota vehicles to replace 55,000 all-weather mats with redesigned ones.

      Jan. 31, 2008 -- NHTSA investigates allegations of uncontrolled acceleration of a 2006 Tacoma pickup. After studying complaints from other Tacoma owners, it said the information suggesting a possible defect was " limited,"

      Jan. 14, 2009 -- Toyota recalls 26,500 Sienna minivans to replace retention clips that secure the floor carpet cover, to prevent it from jamming the gas pedal.

      Sept. 29, 2009 -- NHTSA issued a consumer alert telling owners of eight Toyota and Lexus models to take out removable driver-side mats and not replace them. Toyota recalled 3.8 million vehicles to address the risk of removable mats jamming the gas pedal.

      Nov. 4, 2009 -- NHTSA rebuked Toyota after the automaker said the agency had ruled out a vehicle-based defect. The removal of unsecured mats, NHTSA said, "is simply an interim measure.
      This remedy does not correct the underlying defect in the vehicles involving the potential entrapment of the accelerator by floormats, which is related to accelerator and floor pan design." NHTSA said it was waiting to hear Toyota's plan "to correct this very serious defect."
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you for the long chronology of floor mats being installed improperly... WTF is your point?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is something you expect in a Lada.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Fixed roof Z06s have been doing this too.
      Some fourth gen fbodies also had issue with the glue bubbling up through the paint on the roof cap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that vette is the Japanese Market only Black Edition.
      What do I win? lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      2008 European Victory Edition
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why mention Toyota in a Corvette post?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Own one...but think it's only for the body color tops (optional equipment)...those w/ transparent (opaque) tops are insulated from this recall I believe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Isn't transparent the opposite of opaque?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wait, how can the top be transparent and opaque at the same time? Something does not compute....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good point...supposed to read non-opaque.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There will be no more Toyota recalls. Toyota found it would be cheaper in the long run to contract recalls to the Mental Health Association to try and figure out why anyone with an IQ over 25 would by a Toyota in the first place.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Owe God! Iv'e bean bursted buy the speling pulece.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Caddy-v ....Does your IQ have to be over 25 to use the word "buy" correctly in a sentence? (it's "buy" not "by").
      • 5 Years Ago
      2007 Victory Edition
      • 5 Years Ago
      European Export
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