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.