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The 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is being recalled due to an issue with the rear hatch. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there’s a risk that due to a potential design flaw, the rear hatch could separate from the car.
The hatch’s rear hinges may not meet the load requirements that are specified in federal safety standards. In the case of a crash and the hinges fail, the rear hatch could detach and increase the risk of injury.
This recall notice affects hard-top models that were built between January 24, 2011 and September 1, 2011. In total, there are 5,755 of these models in the U.S. If you own one of these models, you can take it to a Chevrolet dealer that will replace the hinges free of charge.
For more information, you can contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (the campaign uses the 11V491000 number) or Chevrolet, at 1-800-630-2438, or go online to www.safercar.gov.
General Motors has long had a major presence in middle eastern markets, particularly in Gulf countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where it has sold large numbers of its American sedans (particularly full sized ones) like the Chevy Impala and Caprice, but with slight equipment differences.
However, there’s also a large percentage of sports car buyers in this part of the world, with the Corvette ranking is one of the more high profile offerings.
Recently, Chevrolet introduced updated variants of the Corvette for Middle Eastern consumption, changes include a Grand Sport model with the dual mode exhaust system as standard (it’s optional on the base car in this region), along with two new paint colors (Orange and Supersonic Blue), with contrasting headlamp pockets, plus an upgraded stereo, new wheel options and Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car GEN2 tires.
Read AutoGuide’s 2011 Chevrolet Grand Sport Review Here