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Recall Alert: HUMMER H3 Can Lose Its Louvers

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Angular Front Exterior View - 2008 HUMMER H3 4WD 4-door SUV H3X

Angular Front Exterior View - 2008 HUMMER H3 4WD 4-door SUV H3X

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General Motors may be shuttering its HUMMER brand, but the H3 model is still rattling in its cage -- literally. According to a recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a problem has been detected with the clips that hold the H3's hood louver in place. Over time, those clips can break, meaning the hood louver can "detach from the vehicle", which is NHTSA-speak for "fly off and smack somebody on the head".

The problem affects vehicles from the 2006 - 2010 model years, and since the H3 just launched in 2005, that means that the majority of H3s on the road are due for an inspection. In total, the NHTSA estimates that 162,129 vehicles may be at risk.

If you happen to drive an H3, visit your dealer as soon as possible. An adhesive will be applied to the clips, which should solve the problem. The service is free.

If you have further questions, check out the NHTSA info below, or call 800-732-5493, or visit www.GMOwnerCenter.com.

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Report Date : May 7, 2010 at 08:58 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 10V179000

Vehicle Make / Model: HUMMER / H3
Model Year(s): 2006-2010
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Date: APR 29, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V179000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD

Potential Number of Units Affected: 162129

Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 THROUGH 2010 HUMMER H3 VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH THE INTEGRAL CLIP-TABS ON THE LOUVER ON THE HOOD MAY FRACTURE, CAUSING THE HOOD LOUVER RATTLE AGAINST THE HOOD AND BECOME LOOSE. IF THIS INDICATOR IS UNNOTICED, ADDITIONAL CLIPS COULD FRACTURE AND THE HOOD LOUVER COULD DETACH FROM THE VEHICLE.

Consequence:
IF THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVING WHEN THIS OCCURS, IT COULD STRIKE A FOLLOWING VEHICLE AND CAUSE INJURY AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL APPLY AN ADHESIVE TO THE HOOD LOUVER TO SECURE IT TO THE HOOD. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 12, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HUMMER AT 800-732-5493 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:
GENERAL MOTORS RECALL NO. N100088. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

[NHTSA]

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  1. I lost three of theses and bought new ones out of my own pocket.
     
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