General Motors announced today that it will be recalling the Chevrolet Cruze to remedy two separate problems. The latest recall concerns 413,418 Cruze vehicles built for the 2011 and 2012 model years.
The first issue at hand is a misshapen engine shield that boosts the chance of an engine fire. In the event that an oil change is performed incorrectly, oil could seep out and onto the scolding hot engine shield, potentially starting a fire. If a Cruze model is equipped with a manual transmission and the clutch has been worn down, clutch fluid could escape out a vent hole and onto the engine shield, once again creating the potential for a fire. This recall announcement comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation into the 2011 Cruze it had opened earlier this year over concerns of this same issue. The NHTSA later expanded its’ investigation into Cruze engine fires to include the 2012 model as well.
Chevy has said it will fix the deformed engine shield free of charge to affected owners. The fix is estimated to take a half hour since no parts are needed and nothing needs to be replaced. Out of the 413,418 Cruze models produced between September 2010 and May 2012, some of those have been exported to Canada and Israel.
The second issue causing concern has to do with shoddy welds done to the fuel tank straps as well as the sub-frame assembly. Bad welds to either area can lead to the fuel tank or other suspension parts to break free of the Cruze. Like the engine shield, Chevy has said it will correct these problems free of charge, a repair that can take upwards of three hours. It’s believed that 249 Cruze vehicles assembled for the 2011 and 2012 model year are affected by this.
Chevy has made it known that no accidents, injuries, or fatalities have resulted from this issue. Ever since its’ induction into Chevy’s lineup, the Cruze has rolled off dealership lots in huge numbers. During its production run in the United States, more than 351,000 units have been sold including almost 95,000 in 2012 alone. GM will begin informing owners of affected vehicles by mail beginning July 11.