No, General Motors is not recalling the Chevrolet Cruze because DVD copies of Steven Seagal's seminal 1997 hit Fire Down Below were left in the trunk of every car that's been sold. If wishing made it so. Rather, the Cruze has been recalled to modify the engine shield that's located under the vehicle. The worry is that any fluids that might leak from above could potentially collect on top of the shield and then ignite and start a fire.

You may recall that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the Cruze in April over engine fires and then last month expanded its investigation to include 370,000 vehicles spanning two model years. The official recall announced today affects 413,418 Cruzes for the 2011 and 2012 model years that were built in the United States through May 2012. That includes every Cruze built so far at the company's Lordstown, OH assembly plant through the end of last month.

GM is also simultaneously executing a second, smaller recall on up to 249 Cruzes that may have partially completed welds in their trunks.

This is not the first time that nearly every Cruze sold to the public has been recalled. In May 2011, GM recalled the Cruze to inspect each unit's intermediate steering shaft covers to ensure they were properly installed.
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GM Recalls Chevrolet Cruzes for Safety Modifications

DETROIT – 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. This change will help prevent any liquids from being trapped in the engine compartment, where a fire could start and spread.

In a separate safety recall, GM will inspect certain cars included in the first recall to assure all welds in the rear compartment were properly applied. Omitted or partially completed welds in up to 249 cars may affect the fuel tank strap secondary brackets attachment to the floor structure and a sub assembly to the rear floor pan.

There are no known crashes, injuries or fatalities related to either recall. Only Cruzes built in Lordstown, Ohio, and sold in the United States and Canada and several hundred exported to Israel are affected.

"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."

All Cruzes with manual and automatic transmissions built in the United States from September 2010 through May 2012 are included in the engine shield modification.

Improper engine oil change procedures on these vehicles can result in the spilling or dripping of oil. If oil contacts hot engine or exhaust system surfaces, and the engine shield, the shield may ignite and burn, resulting in a possible engine compartment fire.

In Cruzes with manual transmissions, continuing to drive with a completely worn clutch may cause hydraulic fluid to be expelled from the clutch housing vent hole. Under certain circumstances, the fluid could be burning as it exits the vent hole. If it contacts the engine shield, the shield may ignite and a fire may spread to the engine compartment.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation in April of this year as a result of two engine compartment fires in 2011 model year Cruzes and later added the 2012 model year.

Modifying the engine shield will take about 30 minutes in a Chevrolet dealership service department and will be conducted free of charge. No parts are involved and customers are encouraged to make an appointment with their dealer at their earliest convenience. Owner letters will mailed be beginning July 11. Inspection for the possible missing welds takes only a few minutes. In confirmed cases, the repair would take about three hours.


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      tyler
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's still a decent car.
      Alan
      • 2 Years Ago
      From another report: "Also, in cars with manual transmissions, driving with a worn clutch can cause burning hydraulic fluid to squirt from the clutch housing." The shield seems like a minor thing compared to the squirting flaming stream of hydraulic fluid.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alan
        Its actually a design issue and the clutch does not have to be worn out. GM is trying to put the blame on "customer abuse" which it total BS. The clutch is actually under capacity and slips excessively under "normal driving conditions" when built at the lower end of the specs. The clutch can slip during normal highway driving without the driver realizing it at first. It goes into thermal runaway and gets hot enough to melt the seals in the slave cylinder. This is actually more common than they are indicating. Most of the time people who have the weaker clutchs do not make it home from the dealership after purchasing the car without a fire though.
      Xenocamry
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Cruze has been, by far, the worst car I have ever owned. I've owned it for about 12 months. Without exaggeration, the car spends one week a month at the dealer. Issues range for an antifreeze leak GM as lelect to stop addressing because they don't know how to fix it, to a faulty steering rack, to lug nuts popping off on the highway, and even trying to send me home from the dealer with a faulty airbag. LEMON is the best way to describe it.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xenocamry
        I doubt you own a Cruz...... You probably are just another troll. I know 5 people that own them (1 family member, 2 co workers, wifes good friend, and a friends parents) and they all love their Cruze. They all haven't had any problems. Yes, now they will take it in for this recall.
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xenocamry
        Your screen name is Xenocamry and you own a Chevy Cruze. Nice try troll.
        TBN27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xenocamry
        I had a leaking engine coolant problem also. Turns out it was a part associated with the engine coolant pump had a leak. Changed under warranty and went along my merry way. Haven't had an issue since. Bought it in jan. 2011 and. Find mine to be quite reliable.
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xenocamry
        Bald faced lies. Name is enough.
        vince
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xenocamry
        So make them buy it back under the lemon law...
          brandon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @vince
          They have to be 3 of the EXACT same issues. Then you would have to sue to get them to abide by that law.
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah those shields are new technology - give them a few years to work out the kinks. GM = GOVERNMENT MOTORS!! Like that Macvicar24??? Fool. FACTS man FACTS!
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this was a Toyota, you'd have to wait for the vehicle to be at least 3 years old before hearing about a recall, after you've already paid for repairs. Domestic manufacturers jump on issues and recall relatively new vehicles while the Japanese still drag their feet. Don't believe me? Check the recall headlines and you'll see that it's true.
        L14t
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        I would also like to add that it was only 2 cars that started this investigation
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have to admit, ole' GM sure seems like old GM.
      brandon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good grief, can these idiot GM employees put anything together right? I get all cars have recalls, I work in the auto industry, in parts. But it's not often you see this many recalls hit one cars entire production. All of this AFTER "restructuring". Again, you still want to debate the merits of union employees over the non union ones in the right to work states? (IE, Tenn, SC, ALA, etc.) GM, if you want to get back on top then it's time to drop the dead weight.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brandon
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          brandon
          • 2 Years Ago
          Durrr. Remind me again WHO inspects what the robots do? Please stop with the union love you moron.
        redgpgtp97
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brandon
        What a F****N Dumbass you are. Go look at yourself in the mirror and it will crack. This isn't a production worker fault, it is an engineering problem.
          Toneron
          • 2 Years Ago
          @redgpgtp97
          You are wrong. Union has shared responsibility. Even if "the boss" didn't say so... LOL
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brandon
        Brandon obviously has NO engineering or manufacturing background. Just another clueless political troll.
        Toneron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brandon
        "can these idiot GM employees put anything together right?" - NO. New GM = Old GM. (first hand experience)
          brandon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Toneron
          I know, I have friends that have moved south from Mich. Those friends have friends and family in GM and I've heard all kinds of wonderful union stories that makes me understand 100% why they make such a shoddy product.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Toneron
          [blocked]
        benzaholic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brandon
        It's a drip/sound/airflow pan under the engine. It's evidently a little close to the hot parts and made of a material that does not take kindly to spills of hot fluids. The recall is on every unit produced. Whether that panel was attached by union workers, non-union workers, robots, little green men, slave labor, or d-bags who invent opportunities to slam others, this is a design issue.
          brandon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @benzaholic
          Huh, it's a quality control issue with the partially welded trunk floors. That GOES straight back to the worthless union workers not doing their jobs..
      • 2 Years Ago
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        brandon
        • 2 Years Ago
        I would own a Vette. But they actually hire competent people to build it. Everything else they build is a POS.
          SloopJohnB
          • 2 Years Ago
          @brandon
          The Volt is pretty good but radically overpriced. So are the Suburbans/Yukons and Cadillac CTS-V. Silverado pickups are quite good although I prefer an F150. Compared to anything made in the 70's they've come a long way but so has everyone else. Try a mid-90's Mercedes and you might be very glad to have a Chevrolet. There's a reason so many people buy GM...they provide value. Or else people would buy something else.
          crazybobmt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @brandon
          absolutely correct wobrown ..and brandon did you know most vettes are bought by guys that had trouble finishing high school..gimme a porsche anyday
      jvanleuvan78
      • 2 Years Ago
      The domestics and GM in particular cannot get a break. Seriously: This isn't a fire danger, in-and-of itself; It’s only an issue IF YOU SPILL OIL down your heat shield and DON'T CLEAN IT UP!!! But it’s obviously a larger quality issue; The Japanese are sooooo much better than this; I mean in the Honda Pilot (2005-) the stability control can malfunction and cause UN-CONTROLLABLE Breaking! and Possible LOSS of Control of the vehicle. And the Ultimate quality Toyota Rav4 (2006-2008) where the rear Tie-Rod can BREAK while driving, This is bad, REALLYBAD!, Like rear wheel pointing completely wrong direction bad; This s CATASTROPHIC suspension failure. Needless to say this can easily cause a crash. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120608/AUTO01/206080389/1361/update/NHTSA-investigating-Toyota-Honda-GM-vehicles-safety-issues Or that the BRAND NEW civic has had drive shafts completly fail, causing loss of power, AND have the car roll away while parked. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/13/honda-civic-recall-2012_n_1592624.html Or that the early model Toyota Tundras can have such sever rust problems that it may cause BRAKE SYSTEM FAILURE. http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2009/10/nhtsa-investigating-toyota-tundra-defects.html and the list goes on and on...
        houseiowapark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jvanleuvan78
        hey, jvanleuvan78, you know your recalls!!! I will take my chances on American brands, anyday. No rice burners for me.
        crazybobmt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jvanleuvan78
        or the ford model Twooden wheels prone to termites
      Oolly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, it took along time to get this story on AB. You gotta love that the fix for an fluid leak is to remove some of the engine shield so that the fluid can leak on the ground. Is that the best fix they can muster? Maybe the leak should be fixed instead of polluting the environment. Also other reports stated that worn out manual can cause fires too. Just how many manuals could be worn out on a two year old car? Looks like the Fiero all over again. It looks like Government Motors hasn't changed that much.
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Oolly
        The leak in question involves oil that might spill during an oil change. And (Import) Autoblog likes to save its domestic hateraid for the weekend where it will hopefully receive more exposure.
          BB79826
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          Autoblog receives most of its hits during the week. They also rag on Honda/Toyota more than any other car companies, hands down. Lastly, reporting a recall is honestly -- not "hateraid." You fanboys are something else.
          gvgjgvjg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          Not True. According to the NHTSA the Chevy Cruze doesn't fit the criteria to be considered a Domestic vehicle.
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Oolly
        Hateraid is reporting domestic vehicle problems on the weekend edition, which I should note Autoblog saved another one and just put up news of an investigation into Ford and Chrysler vehicles. Show me where they've put up Japanese hateraid for the weekend edition. Oh, and would you mind showing me your proof that there are fewer hits to the site on the weekend? I didn't think so.
      reconfreya
      • 2 Years Ago
      Union Made, Union Proud! LOL!!!!
        hudkina
        • 2 Years Ago
        @reconfreya
        This was a design flaw. Last time I checked auto designers and engineers aren't part of the UAW...
      Lastchance
      • 2 Years Ago
      It remains to be seen if GM can turn around their current misfortune. While they do make some good cars, there is still a general lack of quality. Issues like this are only going to further alienate would be customers from even looking at GM vehicles. Some people will point out that even Japanese car companies have at times problems with their vehicles and need to issue recalls. This is not the norm. The general consensus is Japanese cars have a reputation for reliability and quality. GM's needs to first build a reputation on something other than making crappy cars. They need to earn customers. It seems that GM is still making the same mistakes that got them in trouble in the first place. Even though they do have some very good cars. If they are viewed by would be customers has being unreliable then people will pass.
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