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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded its investigation into Chevrolet Cruze engine fires to two model years.

In April, NHTSA began investigating two complaints concerning fires erupting in 2011 Cruze engine compartments. Now, Reuters is reporting that the government agency has added 2012 Cruze models to the list, upping the number of total vehicles from 177,000 to 370,000.

General Motors told Reuters it has cooperated with investigators and there have been no reported injuries or accidents related to the probe.

According to a pair of complaints filed on NHTSA's website, two Cruze sedans were on the the open road when smoke began streaming out from under the hood. A few minutes later, the cars were ravaged by fire.

"In two minutes, the car was fully engulfed and flames were 15-feet high," one complaint said. "GM needs to find out and correct this problem before someone get [sic] seriously hurt."


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate it when my sedan gets probed. Those NHTSA regulators have the coldest fingers!
      TBN27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. Mine last week went in because the water pump assembly had a leak draining all the engine coolant. Fixed in 2 days and running smooth like before. Maybe that could be the cause of the engine fires? This will wreck the cruze's sales record possibly.
      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      is there any pattern to this, like it is only on the 1.4 turbo (lotsa heat underhood)?
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fonin
        I guess we'll find out...I've had to pop the hood on the 1.4 turbo and it definitely gets very hot under the hood, mostly I was surprised that they didn't really shield the hood latch very well from the heat since opening the hood involves touching a flaming hot latch. And seriously, that hood prop rod is flaming hot too with only like a 1" piece of plastic for you to grab that's doesn't transmit heat as much as the metal (and even then it's flaming hot).
      adam512
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was too good to be true that GM could make a decent product.
      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.rav4world.com/forums/96-4-3-general/81419-2010-rav4-engine-fire-nightmare-rodent-nest.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0HyPteBV3o&noredirect=1 http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/629-honda-settles-class-action-suit-over-crv-and-element-engine-fires- http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/hyundai_fires.html Read it and weap, fartcan.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Lastchance
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will defiantly hurt GMs prospects in turning around their image to a company that quality products. Personally i still am on the the fence if they can turn the company around.
        darkness
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lastchance
        If GM fails it will be because of Akerson this nerd is rushing developement, look at the new Malibu having issues already.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow this is just not Chevy's week huh.. this and the Malibu recalls..
      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do we seriously have to go back and forth whenever Autoblog posts a recall notice? ALL the car companies have recalls. Recalls are not "bad" things and they help protect consumers (also known as us). Quite frankly if only two Cruzes went up in flames after over 370,000 of them have been sold, I think GM is doing pretty good. Cars are not perfect and never will be.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Willie
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          hudkina
          • 2 Years Ago
          First of all, we don't even know if these incidents are real. Secondly, if they did occur, we don't know what caused them. That's what the NHTSA is investigating. It's not a recall. The NHTSA is just informing owners of these particular models that an investigation has begun and more information will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. If the problem was isolated or caused by something other than the design or manufacture, the NHTSA will close the investigation with no further action. If the problem is determined to be caused by the design or manufacture, the NHTSA will issue a recall, and GM will fix the issue.
        lne937s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Willie
        When GM and other automakers opened up the floodgates on the Toyota Prius unintended accelleration case, it lead to every recall gettting publicized. If you want to blame somebody, blame all the automakers that tried to take advantage of the Toyota recall... which includes blaming GM. It is partially their fault that they are in this situation, regardless of the seriouness of the fires.
        clquake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Willie
        This is why there is no incentive to build better cars, because people like you accept and make excuses for poor designs. The manufacturer does not matter. There should not even be one car that bursts into flames. If you are one of those two car owners who cars are now a smoldering pile of glass and steel, the stats mean absolutely nothing, all that concerns you at that moment, it that your car just tried to roast you. Cars bursting into flames should not happen, not one in ten, or one to ten million. Cars aren't perfect, but not even one should try to turn you into a rotisserie chicken. And recalls **ARE** a bad thing, it's a full blown acknowledgement that your car design was so defective to the point that it's a safety hazard, and the general public has to be protected from their vehicle. It doesn't matter, GM, Toyota, Honda, etc, recalls mean you generally picked $$ over safety, or your R & D needs to be fixed.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could be worse. At least they didn't try to pay hush money to the owners of the burned cars (all *2* of them) the way Chrysler attempted to do.
      Alex G
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not saying GM only makes crap products because we all know they have some gems in their portfolio. But if anyone believed that GM could completely turn around in what, 2-3 years? You're fooling yourself.
        TBN27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex G
        Well i think they did. The proof is in the product. I sampled it versus what Honda, Volkswagen and Toyota put out and it is considerably better. So yes, 2 Cruze owners had engine fires. Doesn't mean the car is crap. If it were a BMW or a Benz, then this wouldn't matter. At least GM is cooperating with the feds to find out what caused it and to see if it is a recall or a fluke.
          Antonio K. Piech
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TBN27
          They did? Really,Opel is part of GM and is loosing every single European custome,people that get Honda,Toyota or Volkswagen stay in the brand and move for something else,with the Aveo and This people are rushing to trade them in and get something more reliable,and then the bigger Joke a Buick version create in china way back to sell a trunk version of the Astra(just like the Pontiac LeMons)
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since it's only been two incedents so far whos to say it was not just something left loose when the vehicles were in for service that caused this to happen. Or possibly poor fastners or rubber seals causing fluid leaks the hot engine/exhust, hell even plastic shields melting. Components these days from suppliers are not exactly high standard like they use to be. Without more facts there is no need to start calling things crap.
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