Is GM About to Recall More Than 100,000 Chevrolet Corvettes?

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2007 Chevrolet Corvette
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The Chevrolet Corvette is a beloved favorite of thrill-seeking Baby Boomers who have had a lifetime love affair with the car first introduced in 1953, but drivers of more than 100,000 of the sixth-generation Corvette might want to be careful driving at night -- at least for now.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into 30 reports of a sudden loss of low beam headlight power to the Corvette and the Corvette Z06 coupe manufactured between 2005 and 2007. The agency estimates that 103,374 vehicles could be affected.

According to a statement from the country's traffic safety regulator: "In one of the 30 reports, a driver allegedly ran over a discarded tire while attempting to pull off the road. Some complainants reported that the problem is intermittent and some reported that low beam headlight functionality returns after a period of time, typically after the vehicle has been parked."

Oddly enough, the sports car's fog lights and high beams aren't affected by the alleged glitch, but of course tooling around with your brights on means a different safety issue: blinding other drivers.

One of the complaints submitted to the traffic safety watchdog on May 4 by an owner of the vehicle suggests the source of the problem:

"I later determined that the intermittent connection is circuit No. 1970, within the main fuse/relay back plane itself. The circuit opens at operating temperatures, but works when the car fuse box is cold, making diagnoses more difficult. The backplane cannot be serviced and must be replaced."


In other words, the engine-savvy car owner says when the fusebox heats up due to its proximity to the engine heat source, the low beam headlights shut down; but at resting temperatures the problem is undetectable. Another complaint said mechanics quote the cost of repair at a huge range, between $600 and $1,200.

No accidents or fatalities have been reported. The preliminary investigation was launched on Monday and announced on the government agency's website on Friday.

"GM is cooperating with the investigation," a representative from the vehicles' manufacturer, General Motors (GM) wrote in an e-mail to Automotive News.

Earlier this year GM unveiled the seventh generation 2014 Corvette C7. Deliveries of the much anticipated new design are expected by the fall.

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gttdux

Another reason computer control should be eliminated from those automobile functions which control car safety - engine, tranney, brakes, running lights, etc.

May 12 2013 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
janeswizzle

Government Motors strikes again

May 11 2013 at 2:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
a2004ssr

World Class Sportscar that blows by Imports that cost twice as much. Corvette is and always will be #1 .

May 11 2013 at 2:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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janeswizzle

I have never seen a Ferrari take second place to a Corvette. You may want to re-phrase that statement.

May 11 2013 at 2:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Firefly Tech

Still the best made car! Long live American dreams!

May 10 2013 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
j2albertson

They should be recalling them for the fiberglass heat shield for the hood. The product is 1/2 lb under spec. to save the vendor money. I know this because I worked at the facility. They sent an inspector in and we were instructed to use the proper weight glass, while he was there. Once he left, we were told to go back to the lightweight glass.
We did this for GM, Ford and Toyota product.

Buyer beware

May 10 2013 at 11:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
zoowho2

GM needs to recall...I know for a fact the fault lies in the grounding system.
This is not the first car/manufacturer who has had this problem.
Simple solution.........so get to it GM

May 10 2013 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob and Chris

Atleast the car stops when you hit the brakes--Short memory people!!

May 10 2013 at 8:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
RON FRUGE

They might as well call them China Motors

May 10 2013 at 7:08 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to RON FRUGE's comment
stevendy1

idiot..

May 10 2013 at 7:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
richard

Good luck in kindergarten this year, Ron.

May 10 2013 at 8:41 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
danielmoline7

I wish they would recall the C5 version. Traction Control/Active Handling feature sucks. I have nearly been pulled over to the next lane on the freeway due to the failure of this system. Heard others have experienced the same thing. Very dangerous. Now I try to remember to turn it off before pulling away.

May 10 2013 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RON

Another REASON to buy FOREIGN.......

May 10 2013 at 6:06 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
5 replies to RON's comment