The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of select 2013 COPO Camaro race cars, citing a concern that the transmissions may slip out of the parking gear and roll away.
It’s a little unusual that a company like the NHTSA, concerned with keeping the public roads as safe as possible, would issue a recall on a non-street legal vehicle. However, the NHTSA is concerned with keeping everybody safe in and around cars, on the highway or not, so it seems fitting they would request a recall if the defect could put others at risk.
According to Torque News, 52 of the 69 2013 COPO Camaro’s produced are fitted with a faulty ATI Performance Production transmission that may pose a rollaway risk. General Motors, ATI and the NHTSA are concerned that if parked on an incline or hill and the parking gear disengages, the car could roll unattended, posing a high safety risk for those around the car.
ATI will contact owners of the 52 COPO Camaro’s affected, while the Chevrolet dealers handle the inspection and replacement of the transmission and torque converter if necessary, at no cost to the owner.