Earlier this week, General Motors has recalled over 475,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact car vehicles. The recall includes 2011 and 2012 model years. The Cruze was ranked in the top selling U.S. compact cars over the last 2 years. Fires can be ignite if there is an oil spills on to a hot plastic shield below the engine when the oil is being changed.
GM knows about 30 of the fires caused by the issue. According to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two of the cars that were tested have engulfed in flames. No injuries have been reported stated GM spokesperson Alan Adler.
To prevent fires from happening, dealers will cut the shield and let the fluids drain to the pavement. The repairs will be free and takes only 30 minutes. The recall includes vehicles that were built between September 2010 and May 2012 at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant. There are about 351,000 Chevrolet Cruzes in the U.S. alone. GM apologizes for any inconvenience caused.