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Hummer hood louvers may come off

Associated Press / May 6, 2010

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NEW YORK — General Motors is recalling all Hummer H3s produced since the 2006 model year to fix a portion of the hood that can detach during driving.

The voluntary recall, unveiled yesterday, affects 164,190 Hummer H3s and H3Ts in the United States and 198,404 worldwide.

Hummer said a device on the hood called a hood louver can come loose and possibly detach. It allows air to enter the engine compartment and prevent overheating. It helped to cool the engine on older Hummer models but is decorative on the H3.

GM said the tabs holding the louver could fracture, causing it to rattle against the hood and become loose. GM warned the louver could strike another vehicle if it came off.

The repair involves applying an adhesive to refasten the louver to the hood.

There have been two complaints about the problem in the United States and three in Japan. GM said Japanese transportation officials notified the company of the potential problem in January.

GM plans to send a bulletin to dealers outlining the fix this week, followed by a letter to Hummer owners next week on the recall.

GM is in the process of shutting down Hummer after an attempt to sell the brand to a Chinese buyer fell through.