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Safety Recall Alert: Chevrolet HHR

Posted: Feb 14, 2008 09:44 a.m.

CNN Money reports, "General Motors said it will recall 181,516 Chevrolet HHR wagons Wednesday after finding that some of the vehicles don't meet government standards for protecting occupants from head injury in a crash."  HHR models not equipped with optional "roof rail" airbags, sold between 2006 and 2008, are affected.  Beginning in March, when parts become available, GM dealers will recall the vehicles to "install a piece of energy-absorbing plastic to the headliner trim."  This is the second time GM has recalled a vehicle over a similar issue.  "In 2007, about 99,000 Chevy Cobalt sedans were recalled for a similar problem.  The Cobalt and HHR share their underlying engineering."  Kicking Tires notes, "It's extremely rare for a car company to fail a standard federal safety test, and we're surprised it took so long for the recall to take place, since it involves a 3-year-old model. For more information, contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438."