2011 Chevy Cruzes recalled after steering wheel falls off

In what was not a scene from a slapstick comedy film, General Motors is recalling 2,100 2011 Chevy Cruze vehicles after a steering wheel detached from the steering column while some poor schmuck was actually driving the car.

Sound terrifying? It probably was. Somehow, the driver of the car was actually able to get the car over to the side of the road safely and without incident, perhaps by gently, verbally convincing it to move to the left. Chevy says that the incident was down to an improper replacement procedure during the specific vehicle’s manufacture:

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said it traced the problem with that particular car to a case in which the wrong wheel was put in a car and replaced later in the assembly process with the correct one. But the new wheel wasn’t attached properly, the car maker says.

General Motors has called the incident “isolated.”


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