- General Motors is recalling 89,294 2013-'15 Chevrolet Spark cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the secondary hood latch.
- The hood could unexpectedly open while driving.
- Dealers will replace the striker and latch.
WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 89,294 2013-'15 Chevrolet Spark cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the secondary hood latch, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
"The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot, causing the striker to get stuck out of position, preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "The hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash."
The affected Sparks were built from January 17, 2012 to July 29, 2014.
GM said it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall. It added that about 13,000 of these unsold vehicles are being held at U.S. Chevy dealerships and will not be delivered until repairs are made.
Dealers will replace the striker and latch with a new part with superior corrosion protection when parts become available. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020.
Edmunds says: Owners will have to wait for their official recall notice before taking action. But if you have an immediate concern, contact your dealer.