Hummer H3 recalled due to loose bonnet vents
General Motors has announced a U.S. recall on Hummer H3 models manufactured between 2006 and 2010. It is possible that the recall only affects American-built vehicles, as GCC-spec H3 models were built in South Africa since at least 2007.
The H3 models have a plastic panel of fake bonnet louvres that could come loose over time and detach from the vehicle while driving. The tabs that hold the louvres in place have been found to break, causing vibration that can lead to total separation.
The U.S. NHTSA is warning H3 owners to be on the lookout for any vibration of the louvre assembly, as that may be an indicator that a failure is likely. A total of 162,000 Hummers are covered under the recall, and General Motors says that technicians will apply an adhesive for free, to keep the louvres from coming loose. Owners in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries may contact their local Hummer dealer for more information. Incidentally, Hummer is taking its last breath as its Chinese sale didn’t go through and the brand will be shut down, with models already being out of production. GM promises to offer spare parts and service for the next 10 years.
Update: About 3,500 Hummer H3 and H3T models will be recalled in the UAE alone, which means all 2006-2010 GCC-spec versions are also affected.