General Motors Co. is recalling 413,418 of their U.S. Chevrolet Cruze cars with model years of 2011 and 2012 because of a defect that can lead to a build-up of automotive fluid in the engine shield, reports The Wall Street Journal.
According to GM, incorrect engine oil-changes on these cars can lead to oil leaking onto hot areas of the engine, engine shield or exhaust system, which can potentially cause engine fires. GM plans to tweak the engine shields to prevent any fluid build-up.
Cruzes built in the U.S. between September 2010 and May 2012 in Lordstown, Ohio and distributed across the U.S. and Canada, with either manual or automatic transmission are all affected by the recall, and will need engine shield modifications. The process takes about half an hour.
GM also disclosed that Cruzes which utilize manual transmission and have a severely worn out clutch have a potential fire risk because hydraulic fluid in the clutch can potentially leak from a hole in the clutch housing and possibly lead to fires in the engine shield and engine compartment.
So far, the company has yet to hear of any crashes, fatalities or injuries as a result of the defective vehicles.
Several engine compartment fires in the 2011 Cruze model year prompted an investigation by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which continues.
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