DETROIT (WWJ) – General Motors is recalling nearly all Chevy Cruze models built in the U.S. since the vehicle’s launch two years ago. This comes after 30 fires were reported to federal safety investigators.
“General Motors will recall 413,418 Chevrolet Cruzes in the United States for the 2011 and 2012 model years to modify the engine shield under the vehicle,” read a statement released by the company. “This change will help prevent any liquids from being trapped in the engine compartment, where a fire could start and spread.”
The liquids, particularly motor oil, can become trapped by leaks or during oil changes. GM says it will modify the engine shield to keep the oil from becoming trapped.
The issue is slightly different in vehicles with manual transmissions, but they are also being recalled.
No injuries have been reported.
“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,” said GM vice president of Global Quality Alicia Boler-Davis. “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these actions.”
GM says the recall effects all Cruze’s made at the Lordstown, Ohio plant until May of 2012. Vehicles built in other countries aren’t affected. The Chevrolet Cruze is built and sold globally.
This comes after the government launched an investigation into the Cruze in April.
Some of the Cruze’s being recalled will also have an inspection of welds on their fuel tanks.
Owners will get instructions in a notice that GM will start mailing out July 11th.