General Motors announced May 5 that it will be recalling 162,000 Hummer H3 sport utility vehicles. In addition, the company is also beginning a recall of 40,000 Chevrolet Corvettes. The Hummer vehicles are being recalled due to a defect with the hood. The Corvettes are under recall due to problems with the steering-column. Of course, these recalls occur during a time of great consumer concern over vehicle safety caused by the major difficulties and recalls facing Toyota.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Hummer recall covers specific vehicles from model year 2006, through 2010. The Hummer was discovered to have a defect on the hood of the car which can cause a piece of it to detach. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "If the vehicle is being driven when this occurs, it could strike a following vehicle and cause injury and/or property damage."
In March, GM also recalled 1.3 million Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s with power-steering problems.
The Corvettes included in the recall are from the 2005 and 2006 model years. The steering-column defect can cause the unintended braking of the vehicle and possibly cause it to pull to the right or left, according to the NHTSA.
According to MainStreet.com, GM plans to contact vehicle owners individually and repairs will be made at local dealerships free of charge. NHSTA says the car company plans to correct the problems on the Hummer with adhesive.
The Hummer recall comes just before GM discontinues the no-longer popular Hummer brand after an unsuccessful hunt for a buyer.