General Motors has recalled almost 5,800 of its 2011–12 Chevrolet Corvette coupes because the rear hatch could come off in a crash. In a report dated October 3rd and filed on NHTSA’s Web site, GM said the rear hinges were not strong enough to meet the federal safety standard for door locks and door-retention components.
One of the goals of that standard is to reduce the chance of an unbelted occupant being thrown from a vehicle during a crash. The company said the problem was discovered by a supplier during testing for a European safety standard. GM investigated and found the defective hinges all came from a single roll of heat-treated steel. In a news release, GM said that it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or complaints resulting from the problem. About 200 vehicles are being recalled in Canada.
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