GM will recall approximately 5,800 2011–12 Chevrolet Corvette coupes. Apparently, the rear hatch on this sports car may fly off in a car accident. GM says the rear hinges on the Corvette were not strong enough to meet the federal safety standard for door locks and door-retention components. Specifically, the loose hatch increases the risk of an unbelted occupant being thrown from a vehicle during a crash.
GM says it uncovered this defect in these new Corvettes after a supplier was testing the product in Europe. Did they sneak by the Americans without notice? Anyway, GM’s investigation found the defective hinges all came from a single roll of heat-treated steel.