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NHTSA Upgrades Investigation into 2005-2007 Corvette Headlights
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And then there was…no light?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this week that it is expanding its probe into complaints that low-beam headlights have suddenly quit working on some C6 Corvettes.

The investigation started in May after NHTSA received 30 reports that both low-beam headlights stopped operating at night without warning.

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NHTSA Investigating 2005-2007 Corvette Headlights

by Steve Burns on May 13, 2013

NHTSA Investigating 2005-2007 Corvette Headlights
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that they’re opening a preliminary investigation involving early C6 Corvette Headlights. They’ve received 30 complaints from drivers stating that the low beam headlights turn off on their own while driving at night.

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[VIDEO] Family Awarded $3.4 Million in Lawsuit against GM for a 2005 Corvette Fire

General Motors plans to appeal a decision by a California jury that awarded $3.4 million to a California family.

The settlement came as part of a lawsuit against GM over a defective telescoping steering column in a 2005 Corvette belonging to Patti Boekamp.

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GM Recalling 6,006 Corvette Coupes for Rear Hatch Issue

by Keith Cornett on October 8, 2011

GM Recalling 6,006 Corvette Coupes for Rear Hatch Issue

The Detroit News is reporting that General Motors will be recalling 6,006 2011 and 2012 Corvette Coupes in North America due to failure to meet a federal safety standard covering the rear hinges. GM said the issue could allow the rear hatch to separate from the vehicle in a crash.

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2008-09 Corvette Convertible Tops May Tear at High Speeds

First it was the delamination issues with the early C6 Coupes that caused Corvette owners to lose their tops. Now we are hearing of issues with convertible tops as well. Owners with 2008-2009 Corvette convertible, you may want to keep your speed down as the convertible top may tear at speeds over 100 MPH. That’s according to a recent T.S.B service bulletin sent to dealers by AllDataPro.com.

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NHTSA investigating 2004 Corvette for Leaky Fuel Tanks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation of the 2004 Corvette over complaints of leaky fuel tanks. Regulators said they opened the investigation of the 33,000 Corvettes built in 2004 after receiving 30 consumer complaints “alleging either liquid fuel or fuel vapor leaking from a fuel tank.”

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2005-2006 Corvettes Recalled for Steering Column Issue

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.

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GM Issues Recall for 2005-07 Corvettes for Faulty Roof

by Keith Cornett on December 28, 2009

GM Issues Recall for 2005-07 Corvettes for Faulty Roof
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General Motors has issued a recall of 22,090 Corvettes made between 2005-2007. At issue is the adhesive between the roof panel and the frame which may cause the panel to detach from the vehicle. Dubbed the FRC (Flying Roof Club) by Corvette owners, this is the second recall regarding the early C6 removable roofs.

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Missing Roof Panel? No Big Deal!

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2006

Automotive pundits have jumped all over the story of a Z06 that lost its roof at 60 mph as told by the owner on CorvetteForum.com:

“I still can’t believed this happened. Had just shifted out of first @ around 6900-7000k, hit 2nd and hear a loud crack, pull over and my roof is missing…”

Some want you to believe that this problem is a result of shoddy workmanship or inferior materials. If we are talking about multiple examples, then I would be open to listening to these arguments. Others are all over the story because they think they finally found the Achilles heal of the Z06. GM did issue a recall for C6 Coupes relating to the laminate separating from the panel. Whether or not the Z06 has a similar problem has yet to be decided.

All manufactures from Porsche to Kia have defects in their products. Some have more than others. Corvette has won kudos from owners and industry awards for one of the smallest reported defects per car. Now, when the Z06 in question lost its top, was it scary for the owner? Yes. Could a flying roof panel cause safety issues with other vehicles on the road? Yes! But until it happens more than once, I’m unconvinced that this is a systemic problem to the Z06 in particular and Corvette in general.

In a related note, I got a good laugh listing to the Jalopnik podcast (precast) about this story. Seems there is some confusion on what to call a Corvette’s roof:

“First off, we have to say that the Corvette that had a roof fly off was a Z06. So when you’re listening to Farago and I talking about it being a coupe with a bolted on Targa top we’re talking about a Z06 that only comes as a coupe and not the regular Corvette C6 that only comes with a removable Targa. So when we say “coupe” we really mean Z06. It’s all very confusing.”

Let me help set the record straight with a little lesson on the vernacular when discussing Corvette body styles:

Corvette Coupe: A single roof panel that stretches across the entire top. Some are painted, some are tinted glass. Porsche owns the “targa” name, so technically you can’t call it a targa top. It’s a roof panel.

Corvette Z06: The Z06 evolved from the early C5 hardtop or Fixed Roof Coupe (FRC). It’s not a coupe because the roof is not removable.

Corvette Convertible: The soft top folds into a storage area behind the seats allowing the passengers to bask in the sun.