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GM Recalls 2011 Chevy Cruze Sedans

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Chevy CruzeThe Chevy Cruze is having problems again. General Motors has now recalled all 2011 models manufactured in one Lordstown, Ohio, manufacturing plant — more than 154,000 vehicles, according to reports.

The reason for the recall is a potential steering problem coupled with an issue in those vehicles with automatic transmissions. The issue with the automatic transmission could cause a roll-away accident, as it involves the transmission shift linkage which could result in a car still being in drive when you think you’ve put it in park.

Christopher Jensen, a blogger for The New York Times, spoke with GM about the situation:

In a telephone interview Wednesday evening, Alan Adler, a G.M. spokesman, said the steering recall covered about 129,000 vehicles in the United States. The action also covers roughly 25,000 vehicles built for the Canadian market. […]

He said the automaker had one complaint from an owner who, while in a parking lot, turned the steering wheel without the vehicle changing direction. There was no accident.

While acting on this issue before any accidents or injuries have occurred is commendable, you can’t help but think about the huge volume of GM cars that have suffered recalls already in the first part of this year. Deepa Seetharamen and Bernie Woodall of Reuters notes some of the numbers:

The company said the nut on the windshield wiper motor crank arm could come loose on some 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks, affecting 6,303 vehicles, including 4,674 trucks in the United States.

And it said possible brake fluid leaks prompted it to recall 8,723 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans for the model year 2011.

If you own a Cruze, pay a visit to your local dealership and get it checked out. Even though the likelihood is small, you should never take chances where your steering and transmission are involved.

Image by Crazytaes562/Chris Chan, used under its Creative Commons license.

 

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