General Motors is recalling 5,755 2011-2012 Chevrolet Corvette coupes for potentially faulty hatch hinges that could break loose in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rear hatch hinges on Vettes built between January and September don't meet federal weight capacity requirements.

The recall was scheduled to start on Oct. 7. According to the recall, dealers will notify owners of the recall and inspect and replace both hinges for free as necessary. Hit the jump for a press release.
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Report Date : October 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 11V491000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHEVROLET / CORVETTE 2011-2012
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC Mfr's Report Date: OCT 03, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V491000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,755
Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 24, 2011, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NUMBER 206, "DOOR LOCKS AND DOOR RETENTION COMPONENTS". THE REAR HATCH HINGES MAY NOT MEET THE LOAD REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN THE SAFETY STANDARD.
Consequence:
THE REAR HATCH COULD SEPARATE IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.
Remedy:
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH REAR HATCH HINGES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 7, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.
Notes:
GM'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11258. 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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      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      should have skipped the recall and jumped strait for redesign.... its long in the tooth.
      ROB
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is a hideous mess. GM needs to really do something drastic with it's styling and interior. Great powertrain, but that is where it ends.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ROB
        Now you're sounding like a broken record...
      wooootles
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's still not as bad as exploding GT-R trannies, or spontaneously combusting 458 Italia's.
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like it's a"better safe than sorry" type issue. Have there actually been any problems in the real world? I'd take this over an exploding transmission any day.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      All the quality is in the drivetrain and the drivetrain alone.
        Pete Tocci
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        NissanGTR: you got owned.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Who designed and who didn't doesn't matter. It's who manufacturers it. The Chinese cut corners when manufacturing products, that's why its so cheap to outsource Chinese companies to manufacture products. Just because YOUR Mustang hasn't had any problems (even though I doubt you own one), doesn't mean the transmission is reliable. If they weren't having problems, then there wouldn't have been a recall.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Although I'm a Mustang owner and have been for quite some time, I'd like to point out one thing... Please do not talk bad about GM quality when Ford is having problems with the Chinese transmissions in the Mustang.
          protovici
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I have a 2011 5.0 and I beat the hell out of it. No problems to report on! Also the MT82 is designed with the German engineers that have the MT82 built in china. China does not engineer the product, just assemblys it.
      Need Mulally 4 Ford
      • 3 Years Ago
      pfft GM what a joke
      • 3 Years Ago
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      rex
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was just a supplier issue. Bad heat treat or some such thing. Lot of sour grape vett/gm haters here. I do not drive a Vett but is a good sports car. Not just drivetrain. good looks, suspension, brakes, interior good and sight lines good. For N-gtr: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/10/10/nissan-rushes-to-grapple-with-poor-quality-survey-scores/
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