Recall: All Chevrolet Cruze Sedans for Engine Fires
Oil could drip onto an engine shield and catch fire on all 2011 and 2012 Cruze sedans.
Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. and Canada from the 2011 and 2012 model years are under the recall, amounting to a total of 413,418 cars. GM said that dripping oil after an oil change could collect in the engine's bellypan, which is near the hot engine and exhaust, and cause a fire. Dealers will "modify" the engine shield starting on July 11. Chevrolet customers can call the automaker at 1-866-694-6546 for more information.
The Cruze has had plenty of safety hiccups since it was introduced to North America in late 2010. In April 2011, GM recalled 2,100 Cruze models for steering wheels that could detach from the column; in May 2011, nearly 129,000 Cruze models were recalled for steering gear shafts that could separate, again resulting in a loss of steering. Also, on that same date, another recall for an improper shift linkage that could show the wrong gear on the "PRNDL" readout affected 100,000 cars.
I am a GM technician and performed one of the Cruze engine cover recalls today. It is a simple process that only takes about half an hour to fix. The chances that any fluids caught on top of this engine guard during routine maintenance catching fire are slim to none. However, Chevrolet is being a responsible company and issuing the recall to ensure their vehicles are as safe as possible.
It seems with every recall a car company announces, the same, uninformed panic arises. I ask that the American public not be such "sheep" and blindly believe that if they drive a Cruze, it will explode. Stop, for a moment, and think. Think for yourself and use logic and reason. (Proper grammar wouldn't hurt either after reviewing some of the previous posts.)
Yes, people die in cars. Yes, accidents happen. And, yes, sometimes it is due to faulty craftsmanship. But DO NOT, under any circumstances, paint any American (or foreign, for that matter) car company as some huge monster determined to sacrifice safety for profits. I'm not a huge fan of corporate giants, but as a GM technician, I can tell you with confidence that GM is continually striving to be the best, safest cars on the road. If you believe there should be zero risk involved in getting in a 2 ton machine capable of high speed and piloting that machine near other vehicles of the same or greater weight, then you should probably stop going out all together, wrap yourself in bubble tape, and sit in a saferoom for the rest of your life. There is no way to eliminate ALL risk. Seriously people, THINK. The chances of a Cruze explosion are very slim. GM is not happy with "very slim" and does not want ANY fire risk. So they are doing the right thing. Accept this for what it is: a car company doing the right thing. Nothing more, nothing less.
Hey, Kat, last time I looked, Chevrolet did not have to be called before the US Congress before they'd admit to problems with their vehicles, like Toyota did! Chevy just 'man's-up' and fixes things, without their officers having to be threatened with prison first.
Well when you know how any of them are built you will buy something else..... when they have to go from development to production in under a year its hard to determine oil collecting in a belly pan would cause a fire.....
However any college educated engineer should know this when they are building a vehicle. Just like the morons who designed the 2000 cavillier dash where you have to remove 14 screws the dash cover and side panels just to swap a radio. I am a firm believer that any engineer designing automobiles should be required to actually work on them for 2 years BEFORE designing a single part.
Remember the old S-10 blazer and pick up with the remote oil filter on the fender? only way to change them was to dump the entire contents of oil all over the fender. Of course this was the only body panel that never rusted out either. Another engineering marvel!
I still buy GM because when they do have an issue its not a major one and usually easily fixed! Not like the New Ford Explorer that had to have the entire radio, radio harness and sync system replaced in order to work.... sometimes too much technical BS is only going to leat to more issues.
Do you know anything? Really? Did you know that since the bailout GM has brought over 150.000 people back to work? Any other company that got a bailout do that.....UMMMMMM NO!!! Do you know that almost 60% of the loan is repaid already!! DID you know that many of the banks haven't even paid back 5% of their bailout yet they are making billions in revenue of our bailout!!! DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU MORONS??????? Exactly!! Don't post if you don't know!!
I have 60,000 miles on my 2011 Cruze and I love it. I think I heard that two cars have experienced fire. With over 400,000 on the road, that's not too shabby. My guess is that GM identified a problem and they are being proactive, rather than having a fiasco like the Toyota gas pedals sticking and families getting killed. My car has a quiet, smooth ride, gets 34.7 miles/gallon and has been nothing but good. A friend commented "This car has it allover my wife's Civic".
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