The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and General Motors announced a recall of the certain Chevrolet Corvette models made between 2005 and 2007 last week for problems with the car's roof system.
The report, specific to Corvette and Corvette Z06 models equipped with a removable roof, concerns the way the roofs panels attach to the frame. Under certain circumstances that adhesive can come apart and the roof can fall off the vehicle at speed.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) says the following:
"The adhesive between the roof panel and the frame may separate. 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 hate is closed, or a water leak in the headliner."
The upside of the recall is that there is likely to be a gradual period where these symptoms can be detected. However, in a worst-case scenario, the roof may detach from the car altogether and could hit another vehicle or cause property damage.
Chevrolet has been hit with a few recalls in the last few weeks. NHTSA's ODI also issued a recall of the Chevrolet Equinox for problems with the vehicle's window defrosting system.
The roof recall is expected to begin in January of 2010. Owners of these vehicles can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or at http://www.gmownercenter.com. NHTSA can be contacted at http://www.safercar.gov or via telephone at 1-888-327-4236.
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