Chevy Cruze recall: GM recalls over 475,000 Chevy Cruze 2011-2012 models due to fire risk

By on Jun 23, 2012 in Asia, Automobile, North America, United States Comments

General Motors announced on Friday, June 22, 2012 a voluntary recall for the 2011 and 2012 models of Chevy Cruze due to fire risk, which affects over 475,000 units sold in the US, Canada, and in Israel combined.

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According to a press release by General Motors on its official media website that day, this Chevy Cruze recall affects around 413,418 units that were sold in the United States and were manufactured from September 2010 through May 2012 in Lordstown, Ohio.

As noted by GM, the recalled vehicles involve those with manual and automatic transmissions; and that although there were no known recall-related reports on crashes, injuries or casualties, they will be modifying the engine shield under the affected vehicles.

By doing this, GM said that any liquids from being trapped in the engine compartment will be prevented, where a fire could start and spread, noting that improper engine oil change procedures on these vehicles can result in the spilling or dripping of oil, with reports saying that 61,299 cars were sold in Canada and 701 in Israel.

“The most important thing for our customers to know is that we are proactively working to assure the Cruze is the safe and durable car they purchased. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these actions.” GM vice president of Global Quality Alicia Boler-Davis was quoted at

Meanwhile, GM added that there is a separate recall for the same models where they will check and assure all welds in the rear compartment were properly applied, affecting up to 249 cars, which will take only a few minutes to check and three hours if they will be repaired.

For the engine shield modification, the car company said that there will be no parts needed to be replaced and that it will take about 30 minutes, with both services to be free of charge.

Affected owners for both recalls will be notified via mail starting July 11 and will be advised to immediately bring their cars to the nearest official Chevrolet dealership service.

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