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GM Recalls Hummers, Corvettes to Prevent Potential Car Accidents

Automaker General Motors Co. has ordered a voluntary recall of more than 160,000 Hummer H3 sport-utility vehicles because of the potential for vehicle hoods to open while the cars are in operation. They have also recalled 40,000 Chevrolet Corvettes because of a potential defect with the steering column.

The Hummer recall involves certain Hummers made between 2006 and 2010. In the affected vehicles, the device that keeps the hood of the vehicle closed is potentially defective. The device could possibly fracture, causing the hood to open. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and GM are concerned about the potential for a hood to open while the vehicle is being driven, which could result in a car accident causing serious injury or property damage. Owners of the recalled Hummers can bring their vehicles into their local dealerships where an adhesive will be applied to keep the device intact that keeps the car's hood closed.


The affected Chevrolet Corvettes were made between 2005 and 2006. The vehicles have a potential problem with their steering column. The column could cause unintended braking and possibly cause the vehicle to veer sharply to either side while in operation.   

The recalls perhaps reflect an auto industry quicker to point out potential safety problems with their vehicles to consumers and to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Earlier this year, Toyota Motor Co. faced Congressional hearings and considerable bad press and consumer backlash after it was revealed that several Toyota vehicle models had the potential for sudden, unintended acceleration. Many questioned whether Toyota could have found and publicized the flaws earlier, potentially preventing several fatal car accidents.  


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