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GM Recalls Chevrolet Cruze for Fire Risk

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

General Motors is recalling more than 400,000 Chevrolet Cruze cars that pose a risk of catching on fire. About 53,200 Cruzes from 2011 and 2012 could potentially have a loose fuel tank strap, while more than 413,100 of the same models may be leaking flammable liquids.

In the first case, a missing weld on the metal strap that holds the fuel tank may cause the tank to come loose during an accident. If this happens, fuel may leak or spill, and if it’s near a source of ignition, it could catch fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The second recall is potentially more serious, already destroying two Cruzes, according to a GM press release, though no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of either problem. GM says that depending on the model, either hydraulic fluid or engine oil could come into contact with the engine shield if the car’s clutch is completely worn or if the oil hasn’t been changed properly. Both fluids are flammable, so in either case, a fire could start in the engine compartment.

The second recall covers every Cruze that was manufactured by the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, reports The New York Times. Including Cruzes made at that site for Canada and Israel, the full engine shield recall applies to about 475,000 vehicles.

General Motors will begin contacting owners around July 11. Modifying the engine shield should take about a half hour, according to The Detroit News, though repairing the fuel tank strap bracket may take up to three hours. Fixes for both problems will be free.

For more information about the recall, you can call NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov.

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