Corvette Safety Recalls - Technically Speaking

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Q: I’m new to the Corvette world, having recently purchased a C6. When I took the car to the dealer for an oil change, I found out it was subject to a safety recall that had not been performed. Did the manufacturer drop the ball? Should I be concerned that there may be more recalls on the car? Are there a lot of recalls on the C6? I don’t want to start off on the wrong foot with my new Vette.

Jim - Via email

A: Jim, your dealership did its job by performing the recall the first time you took the car in for service. While there are undoubtedly flaws in the system, the responsibility for ensuring that a car has been checked for recalls ultimately rests with the current owner.

Manufacturers send out letters informing owners of these recalls as they’re issued. Unfortunately, not all of these letters reach their destinations, and some owners simply ignore them when they do. Once a vehicle has been sold, it becomes more difficult for the carmaker to track down subsequent owners.

There are a few different ways to find general recall information for your Corvette. One is to call your local dealership, give the service writer your VIN, and ask him or her to check for applicable recall bulletins. You may also wish to download the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recently released SaferCar app, which allows you to access recall data, safety ratings, and other model-specific info using your smartphone.

To give you an idea of how recalls are addressed at the manufacturer level, I’ve included below is a partial list of recall bulletins for the C6 Corvette. Note that these bulletins are incomplete, listing only the model year(s) covered, the problem, and the correction. If you feel your car is affected by one or more of these recall campaigns, contact your local dealer.


11258B - Rear Hatch Separation in Crash

Service Campaign Bulletin

Reference Number(s): 11258B

Date of Issue: October 21, 2011

Affected Model(s): 2011-2012 Chevrolet Corvette coupe

CONDITION

General Motors has decided that certain 2011-2012 model year Chevrolet Corvette Coupe vehicles fail to conform to Federal/Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 206, Door Locks and Door Retention Components, for rear door retention in a crash. The rear hatch hinges on these vehicles may not meet the load requirements specified in the Safety Standard, which may allow the rear hatch to separate from the vehicle in a crash.

CORRECTION

Dealers are to replace both rear hatch hinges.


08312B - Convertible Roof Cover Separation

Service Campaign Bulletin

Reference Number(s): 08312B

Date of Issue: May 26, 2011

Affected Model(s): Some 2008-2009 Chevrolet Corvette convertibles

CONDITION

Certain 2008 and 2009 model year Chevrolet Corvette manual- or power-roof convertible vehicles may have a condition in which the fabric roof cover may begin to separate from its retainer bracket near the top edge of the windshield. When the vehicle reaches speeds of approximately 100 mph (160 km/h) or greater, the roof cover could begin to pull away from the retainer bracket and, depending on the speed of the vehicle and duration at that speed, could tear to the rear glass. If this were to occur, the headliner would remain intact and the roof cover would not separate from the vehicle.

CORRECTION

Dealers are to install a new design retainer bracket.

Vehicles Involved

Involved are certain 2008 and 2009 model year Chevrolet Corvette manual or power roof convertible vehicles built within these VIN breakpoints:

Year: 2008 2009

Division: Chevrolet Chevrolet

Model: Corvette Corvette

From: 85117774 95100002

Through: 85135284 95112678

Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved.


10037B - Unwanted Repeat Calls to OnStar

Service Campaign Bulletin

Reference Number(s): 10037B

Date of Issue: May 13, 2011

Affected Model(s): 2004-2008 Chevrolet Corvette

CONDITION

Certain 2002-2009 model-year vehicles equipped with OnStar may have a condition in which the vehicle’s OnStar system repeatedly makes incomplete calls to OnStar without the vehicle’s occupant’s input or knowledge. Customer initiated Blue Button call, Emergency calls, and Automatic Crash Notification calls will also fail to establish a data connection with the OnStar Call Center. Eventually, the customer’s call will connect as a voice-only line and the customer will be able to talk with an OnStar advisor; however, the advisor will not get crucial customer data such as vehicle identification and location.

CORRECTION

Dealers are to replace the OnStar module (VCIM).

Vehicles Involved

Involved are certain 2002-2009 model year vehicles equipped with OnStar, and built within these VIN breakpoints:

Year: 2005 2007 2008

Division: Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet

Model: Corvette Corvette Corvette

From: 55102684 75109811 75136663

Through: 55122295 85102704 85123161

Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved.


09160A - Clutch Spring Fracture

Service Campaign Bulletin

Reference Number(s): 09160A

Date of Issue: June 25, 2010

Affected Model(s): 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

CONDITION

Certain 2009 model-year Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 vehicles may have a condition in which the clutch-damper spring may fracture. If this were to occur, the driver may or may not notice gear rattle, and/or the transmission may be hard to shift. If the vehicle is driven with a fractured clutch-damper spring, it could result in damage to the transmission.

CORRECTION

Dealers are to replace the clutch assembly.

Vehicles Involved

Involved are 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 vehicles built within these VIN breakpoints:

Year: 2009

Division: Chevrolet

Model: Corvette

From: 95800667

Through: 95801069

Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved.


08386 - Missing Mercury Disposal Notice Label

Service Campaign Bulletin

Reference Number(s): 08386

Date of Issue: April 28, 2009

Affected Model(s): 2008-2009 Corvette

CONDITION

Certain 2008-2009 Corvette vehicles, registered in Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, may have a condition in which the Mercury Disposal Notice Label was not included on the vehicle. This label contains instructions for the proper disposal of mercury-containing components that are installed on the vehicle.

CORRECTION

Dealers/retailers are to inspect and, if necessary, install a Mercury Disposal Notice Label on the driver-side door post (B pillar). Since this label can easily be installed by the customer, and to reduce their inconvenience, the label and installation instructions will be mailed to customers of record.

Vehicles Involved

Involved are certain 2008-2009 model year Chevrolet built within these VIN breakpoints:

Year: 2008 2009

Division: Chevrolet Chevrolet

Model: Corvette Corvette

From: 85100227 95100069

Through: 85135183 95800342


08259A - OnStar System Inoperative

Service Campaign Bulletin

Reference Number(s): 08259A

Date of Issue: November 06, 2008

Affected Model(s): 2009 Corvette

CONDITION

Certain 2009 Corvette vehicles may have an OnStar module with a component that was not manufactured to GM’s specification. This can result in an open circuit and an inability to call or receive calls from OnStar. Although a customer trying to make a call would hear the message, “Connecting to OnStar” and the LED light would blink green, no connection would occur.

CORRECTION

Dealers/retailers are to replace the OnStar module.

Vehicles Involved

Involved are certain 2009 Corvettes vehicles built within the following VIN breakpoints:

Year: 2009

Division: Chevrolet

Model: Corvette

From: 95100053

Through: 95700054

Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved.


07260A - Keyless Access System Inoperative

Service Campaign Bulletin

Reference Number(s): 07260A

Date of Issue: January 30, 2008

Affected Model(s): 2008 Chevrolet Corvette

CONDITION

On certain 2008 model-year Chevrolet Corvette vehicles, the keyless access system may become inoperative at times. The doors may not automatically lock or unlock, and the vehicle may not start. The DIC will also display a “NO FOBS DETECTED” message.

If this condition occurs, the driver can lock or unlock the doors by pushing the buttons on the keyless access transmitter. The vehicle can be started by placing the transmitter in the glovebox transmitter pocket with the buttons facing toward the passenger side. Then, with the vehicle in PARK (P) for an automatic transmission, press the brake pedal and the START button. If the vehicle has a manual transmission, press the clutch and the START button.

CORRECTION

Dealers are to install a new module for the keyless access system.

Vehicles Involved

Involved are certain 2008 model year Chevrolet Corvette built within these VIN breakpoints:

Year: 2008

Division: Chevrolet

Model: Corvette

From: 85105302

Through: 85106987

Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved.

09230B - Roof Panel Separation

Service Campaign Bulletin

Reference Number(s): 09230B, Date of Issue: May 18, 2010

Affected Model(s): 2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvette with Removable Body Color Roof (CF7/C2L); 2006-2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

CONDITION

General Motors has decided that a defect, which relates to motor-vehicle safety, exists in certain 2005-2007 model-year Chevrolet Corvette vehicles equipped with a removable body-color roof (CF7/C2L), and 2006-2007 model-year Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vehicles. Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the adhesive between the roof panel and the frame may separate. If there is a partial separation, the occupant may notice one or more symptoms, such as a snapping noise when driving over bumps, wind noise, poor roof-panel fit, roof-panel movement/bounce when a door or hatch is closed, or a water leak in the headliner. If there is a complete separation, the roof panel may detach from the vehicle. If this were to occur while the vehicle was being driven, it could strike a following vehicle and cause injury and/or property damage.

CORRECTION

Dealers are to install a new-design roof panel.

Vehicles Involved

Involved are certain 2005-2007 model year Chevrolet Corvette vehicles equipped with a removable body-color roof (CF7/C2L; transparent roof panels [CC3] are NOT involved in this recall), and 2006-2007 model year Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vehicles built within these VIN breakpoints:

Year: 2005 2006 2007

Division: Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet

Model: Corvette Corvette Corvette

From: 55100002 65100001 75100002

Through: 55137340 65133987 75104035

Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved. Vette


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