General Motors has recalled certain 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruzes with 1.4L turbo gasoline engines to replace a right front axle half shaft that can fracture and separate without warning during normal driving. The interconnecting tubular bar on the front right axle half shaft on some of these vehicles may not meet GM specification and could fracture and separate. If this occurs while driving the vehicle, steering and braking control would be maintained. However, the vehicle would lose power to the wheels and would coast to a stop.
If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked on an incline without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly, resulting in a possible crash or injury to pedestrians. GM says it’s aware of several dozen half shaft fractures through warranty data covering about 172,000 cars and about 2,500 service parts in the U.S. that were used to fix Cruzes with manual transmissions that were recalled in September 2013. GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition. Repairs will be made free of charge.
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