• May 3rd 2010 at 1:58PM
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According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, General Motors has issued a recall for 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvette models. The government agency says that the recall applies to vehicles with tilt and telescoping steering wheels. Over time, the signals traveling through the steering wheel could become corrupted, resulting in an error message. That's not all, though. The malfunction could also cause one side of the vehicle's brakes to actuate and pull the car to the left or the right, thereby causing an accident.

A total of 40,028 Corvettes are involved in the recall, and GM says that it will replace the faulty parts free of charge. Owners can contact their local dealers or the NHTSA for more information.

[Source: NHTSA via Kicking Tires]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm more interested in knowing what that warning message says...

      "Something just broke...would you like to veer out of control to the left or right?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      About bleeping time.

      There have been advisories about steering wheel wiring harness issues practically since the C6 was released. On my 2005, the Active Handling System would shut itself off for no apparent reason. My Chevy dealer did eventually fix the problem, but not before a $175 visit that apparently applied an advisory-suggested workaround. Here's hoping that the recall will actually replace the harness.

      • 5 Years Ago
      At the risk of being redundant (see Dodge recall thread).

      Carmakers are required to initiate a recall within five business days of discovering a defect in one of their vehicles. If this is more than 5 days old, NHTSA would have liked to have fined Toyota $6000 per.

      So: 40,028 * $6,000 is $240,168,000

      I hope a reporter asks a gov. official whether a fine that big would happen if there was no cap.

      Would be a good Obama question:

      Mr. President,

      During the Toyotas' unintended acceleration recall, NHTSAs chief consel O. Kevin Vincent, wrote in the letter to Toyota that if not for a law that limits individual fines against a manufacturer, it should have to pay a total of $13.8 billion.

      Do, you sir, agree with that, and if you do, do you believe it should apply to all auto makers? If not, why not?

      • 5 Years Ago
      nix - so Chevy told NTHSA that they had issue in 2005-2006 Vettes back in 2006 when they fixed the issue? And NTHSA told them not to recall it until 4-5 years later?

      I have to laugh at that one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This issue happened on my 2006 about 4 months ago. We got the "service active handling system" message a few times within two days and before we could get it into the dealer, my wife had the brakes on the right hand side lock up and pull the car right on the highway. Scared the heck out of her and we had a flatbed come and pickup the car. The dealer took it out for a test and had the same thing happen again.

      They said it was the "yaw sensor" going bad and replaced it. Knock on wood it hasnt happened again.

      Interesting part is after I looked up the exact build dates of the recalled cars, mine falls outside of that build date range that is supposedly affected by the recall. Seems an odd coincidence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am so sick of hearing about recalls on autoblog. Before the ford pinto.... there were recalls, before Prius drivers understood the basics of turning off their cars or what the 'N' meant on their eco-HUDs.... there were recalls. Recalls happen all the time and there are many other websites that offer that information and even do it better. Come on autoblog, lets keep on with the 'cars that are too fast and i can't afford theme' because it hard for me to fantasize about winning the lottery and having my Aston be recalled for a brake light indicator.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So many recalls this year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The malfunction could also cause one side of the vehicle's brakes to actuate and pull the car to the left or the right"

      From the steering column? WTF?
        • 5 Years Ago
        probably an angle sensor in the steering column as part of the stability control system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      steering column lock happened in my 97 vette.
        • 5 Years Ago
        if you read the article, you'll find that this is not what the recall is for
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congress hearing!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      GPS: "Turn left. No, the OTHER left."
      • 5 Years Ago
      excellence for all
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's weird. The steering has the capacity to activate the brakes, or at least half of the brakes. Weird.
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