We’re not sure what jurisdiction the Ministry of Economy and Commerce in Doha, Qatar has over American cars.
We’re not even sure how many 2005 to 2007 Corvettes are on the roads of Qatar, a small country next to Saudi Arabia on the coast of the Persian Gulf.
Nevertheless, The Ministry of Economy and Commerce announced Monday that it is recalling those Corvettes “due to a defect in the work of front lighting.”
They seem to be a little late. What we assume is the same recall was announced by General Motors in May 2014 over concerns that the low-beam headlights can go off unexpectedly in 111,889 2005-07 Corvettes.
“When the engine is warm, the underhood electrical center housing could expand, causing the headlamp low-beam relay control circuit wire to bend slightly,” said GM in its description of the Corvette recall. “After the wire is repeatedly bent, it can fracture and separate. When this occurs, the low-beam headlamps will not illuminate. As the housing cools and contracts, the low-beam headlamp function may return.”
GM said loss of low-beam headlamps when required could reduce the driver’s visibility and increase the risk of a crash, noting that is aware of “several hundred complaints as a result of the condition but no crashes, injuries, or fatalities.”
This week, in the “better late than never” category, the Ministry said that the recall “was part of its continuous coordination and follow-up to ascertain the commitment of car dealerships to follow-up vehicle defects and repair them as well as protecting consumer rights.”
All consumers in Qatar are urged by the Ministry “to report any irregularities by communicating with the Consumer Protection Department, which receives complaints, suggestions and inquiries through its channels of communication.”
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