General Motors is recalling 22,000 Chevrolet Corvettes because of concerns that the roofs may fly off unexpectedly. ABC Local reported that this auto product defect recall involves 2005-07 Chevy Corvettes and Corvette Z06 models. There was a similar recall issued in 2006, however, the problem persists. According to the report, the adhesive between the roof panel and the frame may separate in these vehicles, causing the roof to detach from the rest of the vehicle.
In May 2006, GM issued an auto product defect recall for nearly 31,000 2005-06 Corvettes over concerns that the roof might separate, especially when there is high humidity in the air. At that time, 11 incidents relating to roof separations had been reported to GM. The auto maker’s solution to the problem then was to insert adhesive foam, and, if necessary, replace the roof. However, there were additional incidents after the auto maker thought that the defect was fixed. From 2006 to the present time, GM has received an additional 108 claims of roof separation. At the present time, GM officials have stated that the defective roofs will be entirely replaced.
Based on the news report, it is not clear whether there were any injuries or fatalities as a result of the roof separations. Individuals, who have been injured as a result of roof defects, or, other vehicle defects, may have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. Such claims may include compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, and, physical pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident as a result of an automobile product defect or malfunction, contact Blume Forte to discuss your legal rights and potential case with a skilled New Jersey auto defect lawyer. We always offer a no-cost consultation, and, will evaluate your potential auto product liability case to determine if there are any viable claims to be made. Call us at 973-635-5400.