General Motors revealed that it 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 affects 164,190 Hummer H3s and H3Ts in the U.S. and 198,404 worldwide. GM has received five reports of this happening with customers’ vehicles (including three in Japan), and is voluntarily recalling all H3 and H3T vehicles ever built between 2006 and 2010.
According to Hummer spokesman Nick Richards, the piece of the hood is the hood louver, which was functional on earlier Hummer models but is purely decorative on the H3. The tabs holding the trim piece intact could possibly fracture, allowing it to separate from the vehicle while in motion. Should this occur, the louver could possibly cause significant damage to the vehicle or surrounding traffic.
Although GM is currently in the process of winding the Hummer brand down, the repair will be performed at Hummer dealerships still in operation. Those without an operating Hummer franchise nearby are instructed to head to the nearest Cadillac dealership for the fix.