The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall on 2011 and 2012 model year Corvettes due to a potential flaw in the design of their rear hatches.

The recall affects only the hard-top models built between January 24, 2011, and September 1, 2011, of which there are some 5,755 examples in the U.S.

The components in question are the rear hatch hinges, which according to the NHTSA may not meet the load requirements specified in federal safety standards.

Should the hinges fail, say during a crash, the rear hatch could separate and potentially increase the risk of injury.

Chevrolet dealers across the country will be replacing both rear hatch hinges free of charge.

If you own a 2011 or 2012 Chevrolet Corvette hard-top, you can contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 11V491000) or Chevrolet at 11-800-630-2438.