GM has issued a recall for 40,028 Corvettes built during the 2005 and 2006 model years. Specifically, the recall covers Corvettes built between March 2004 and January 2006 that have the tilt/telescopic steering column (RPO N37). Check your build date on the driver’s side doorjamb to see if your early C6 falls into that time period of manufacture.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the reported issue is that “repeated movement of the steering column may cause a signal interruption within the column. If this occurs, the message, ‘Service Active Handling System’ will appear in the Driver Information Center, and one or more of the brakes may apply, possibly causing the vehicle to pull to the right or left.” A crash could result if a driver is caught off guard should the car should suddenly pull left or right.
GM will notify owners and dealers will repair the Corvettes free of charge. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 and GMC at 1-866-996-9463. Owners may also visit the Owner Center at www.gmownercenter.com.
As a side note, I had forgotten how unattractive those steering wheels were.