General Motors has recalled its popular Chevrolet Cruze compact car. The recall covers the 2011 and 2012 model years and affects more than 475,000 cars, which have ranked among the top-selling U.S. compacts over the past two years. The fires can ignite when fluids, mainly oil spilled when it is being changed, drip onto a hot plastic shield below the engine, according to the company. GM says it knows of 30 fires caused by the problem. Flames engulfed and destroyed cars in two cases reported to NHTSA. No injuries have been reported.
To eliminate the risk of fires, dealers will cut the shield to let the fluids drain to the pavement, GM said. The repairs take about 30 minutes and are free, the company said. Cruzes with completely worn-out manual transmissions also can leak fluid onto the shields in rare cases. The recall includes cars built from September of 2010 through May of 2012 at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant. They were sold in the U.S., Canada, and Israel.
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