Recall Central: 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze Recalled For Fire Risk, Improper Welds

The 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze is being recalled for two separate issues with the compact sedan. Chevrolet says no injuries or accidents have been attributed to the problems.

The First Problem: The shape of an engine shield in the Chevrolet Cruze could increase the likelihood of a fire. If the oil is changed incorrectly, oil could drip or leak onto the hot engine shield or exhaust parts, potentially starting a fire. Chevrolet also says that driving a manual-transmission Cruze with a worn clutch can let clutch fluid leak out of a vent hole. If so, that fluid could touch the engine shield or exhaust parts and start a fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the 2011 Cruze for this issue earlier this year, and then expanded the investigation to cover the 2012 Cruze.

The Fix: Chevrolet will modify the engine shield for free; the fix doesn't require installing or replacing any parts. The recall takes only about 30 minutes to complete.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 413,418 Chevrolet Cruze models built in the U.S. between September 2010 and May 2012. Some of those cars were exported to Canada and Israel.


The Second Problem: In some Chevrolet Cruze sedans, welds for the fuel-tank straps and rear sub-frame assembly might not be correct, or present at all. That could potentially lead to the fuel tank or suspension components separating from the vehicle.

The Fix: Chevrolet plans to inspect affected cars and, if necessary, repair or complete welds in the appropriate locations. The inspection process only takes a few minutes, but the repair would require about three hours.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Up to 249 examples of the 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze.

The Chevrolet Cruze has previously been recalled for problems with the steering wheel and steering column.

Source: Chevrolet

This car deserves it's own recall category.... why anyone would buy this over the new Focus or Elantra is beyond me and yet it keeps flying off the lots. Hands down the Focus is one of the leaders in this category (and deservedly so) - and I've owned the new Elantra for over a year now and like it even more now then I did when I purchased it.

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