A recall has been announced for model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze models equipped with manual transmissions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the right front axle half-shaft may fracture and separate, which can create a number of consequences for drivers.
If the problem occurs while the car is in motion, the vehicle may lose power and slowly come to a stop. If the car is parked when the fracture occurs, however, the vehicle may move unexpectedly on its own, NHTSA said. In both cases, the risk for a crash increases.
An estimated 3,161 Chevrolet Cruze models are affected by the recall. All models were manufactured between January 24 and August 1 of this year. Interestingly, this could also give us some perspective as to how many Cruzes come from the factory with manual transmissions, which is to say: Not too many.
General Motors says it has already notified owners of the problem, and the Chevrolet Cruze recall has already begun. Those affected by the Chevrolet Cruze recall can call GM at (800) 521-7300. For more information on all recalls in the U.S., contact NHTSA at (888) 327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.