2015 Corvette Recalled, Stop-Sale Order Issued

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Just this week GM issued a handful of recalls involving models such as the Cadillac ATS, Buick Encore and Chevy Impala, but the bad news just got worse - the updated Chevy Corvette (2015 MY) is the subject of two recall campaigns. What went wrong?
In recent weeks, General Motors engineers have discovered that around 2,800 examples of the '15 Chevrolet Corvette suffer from problems with the airbags and parking brake cables. That's why the American automaker issued a stop-sale order on the nameplate and informed dealers nationwide this Monday. Fortunately, most vehicles are still in General Motors' hands or in dealer inventories.

This bit of news comes days after an auto publication announced an update of their 2014 Corvette C7 long-term test - after a mere 6,000 miles, the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 powerplant went kaput. The publication says that GM is still investigating the causes why it happened, but it's believed that a faulty oil filter let metal debris slip into the engine, damaging a connecting rod bearing and other vital oily bits.

The first recall of the 2015 Corvette covers an estimated 2,000 units. These cars were fitted with a driver's side airbag that doesn't deploy accordingly in an accident. GM says that in the case of a crash, the airbag is prone to separate from the steering wheel. It's fortunate that most of these cars haven't been sold yet. General Motors informs that dealers are going to replace the defective airbag module with a new, revised unit, but replacement parts aren't available right now, which is a bit of a bummer.

As for the second recall, some 700 Vettes from the 2015 model years currently in GM inventories and an estimated 100 other sold to customers are called back for an issue that makes us wonder if workers at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky are fit to actually make cars. General Motors says that these aforementioned 800 cars were fitted with only one rear parking cable. Specifically, only one of the rear brakes will operate when the driver engages the parking brake, increasing chances of a rollaway.

(This is not a fun) fact: the 2014 General Motors recall tally is now at 67 vehicle safety campaigns.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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