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Hummers are recalled over hood fault.

US car giant General Motors is recalling more than 160,000 Hummers over a flaw that could cause part of the hood to break off while the vehicle is being driven, the company said.

The problem could affect up to 162,129 Hummer H3 cars made between 2006 and 2010. The Hummer remains popular in Bahrain despite recent turmoil over the brand's future and guarantees over warranties and services were recently issued.

"Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the integral clip-tabs on the hood louver may fracture," GM said. "If this indicator is unnoticed, additional clips could fracture and the hood louver could detach from the vehicle.

"If the vehicle is being driven when this occurs, it could strike a following vehicle and cause injury and/or property damage," the company said.

The problem can be fixed with the application of an adhesive to the louver, an air grille panel on the car, and owners of affected cars can have them fixed at local dealers, GM said.

A letter from GM to NHTSA said the issue was raised in Japan in January after three warranty claims citing hood grille detachments. The problem was communicated to GM North America, which decided last month to issue a recall.

The recall affected certain H3 Hummers made between 2006-2008 and certain H3 or H3T vehicles made between 2009-2010.

GM last month informed dealers of its plans to dismantle the Hummer brand after a deal to sell the unit fell through.

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Publication:Gulf Weekly
Date:May 19, 2010
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