Corvettes Investigated for Flaw Tied to Fuel Leaks (Update1)

May 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT
By Angela Greiling Keane

May 17 (Bloomberg)
-- General Motors Co. Corvette sports cars for the 2004 model year are under U.S. investigation for possible fuel-tank leaks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

The defect may affect about 33,000 vehicles, NHTSA said in a website posting. The auto safety agency said it received 30 complaints about liquid fuel or fuel vapor leaking from tanks in the duel-fuel-tank cars. No crashes or injuries have been reported.

Alan Adler, a spokesman for Detroit-based GM, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.

NHTSA said last month it is investigating brake failure in GM’s Chevrolet and GMC C/K series pickups and SUVs.

The U.S. Congress is scrutinizing auto safety this year following record recalls by Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest automaker. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on May 20 to examine the company and the regulator’s responses to the recalls.

--With assistance from Katie Merx in Southfield, Michigan. Editors: Steve Geimann, Romaine Bostick

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