In a press release, General Motors Company announced the voluntary recall of certain Corvette sports cars due to a problem where the rear hatches could potentially come loose during a crash and result in injury.
In a document filed with the National Highway Safety Administration, the carmaker detailed that the issue with these vehicles lies solely with a defect that could potentially result in consumer stemming from the unintentional detachment of the rear hatch during an accident. This recall affects roughly 5,755 Corvettes with the model years 2011 and 2012. The vehicles affected were built between January 24 and September 1 of this year. The reason the hatches may become detached is that the hinges that attach the hatch to the vehicle may not meet the load requirements specified in the safety standard.
The company is expected to alert all known affected drivers of this recall this month. General Motors is planning on replacing the hinges free of charge in affected vehicles.
As a Seattle car accident lawyer, I’ve seen the effects of similar auto part defects and know the severity of any defect that could result in injury. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective auto part, it may be in your best interest to speak with a personal injury lawyer in your city.