GM Recalls 475,000 Chevy Cruzes
General Motors on Friday announced the recall of nearly 500,000 Chevy Cruze models. The recall includes 2011 and 2012 model-year Cruzes. Chevy warns that a problem with the engine shield could result in a fire.
The recall affects all Cruzes sold in Canada and the United States that were built through May 2012. Cars built in June are not included in the recall.
At this time GM has not received notice of any crashes, injuries or death caused by the potential fire threat. The company has currently identified 30 fires that could be related to the engine shield although the cause of those fires has not yet been confirmed.
In a statement regarding the recall GM noted:
“Improper engine oil change procedures on these vehicles can result in the spilling or dripping of oil. If oil contacts hot engine or exhaust system surfaces, and the engine shield, the shield may ignite and burn, resulting in a possible engine compartment fire.”
Fixing the issue will only take 30 minutes out of a buyers day when they visit a Chevrolet service department and the recall comes at no cost to buyers.
GM on Tuesday received its best-ever performance on the J.D. Power & Associates’ Initial Quality Study, beating the industry average for quality problems.
GM Vice President of Global Quality Alicia Boler-Davis tells the Detroit Free Press:
“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.”
The recent recall comes two months after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said they were investigating the Chevy Cruze line over fire related reports.