GM recalls all Chevrolet Cruze models

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

General Motors is recalling every Chevrolet Cruze it has sold in the U.S. to fix a problem that could lead to engine-compartment fires.

The recall affects 413,418 vehicles, according to Autonews.com. GM will modify an engine shield under the Cruze to prevent liquids from being trapped in the engine compartment, where the liquids could cause a fire, the automaker said.

Two vehicle fires in April prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate 2011 Cruzes, and later the 2012 model.

GM said the free fix should take about 30 minutes at any Chevrolet dealership.

GM began selling the Cruze in September 2010, so the recall affects every vehicle sold between that time and May.

56 comments Add your comment

Roadrunner

June 22nd, 2012
2:10 pm

I’m surprised this story is open to/requires comments….

Chris

June 22nd, 2012
2:21 pm

Well let’s get the word out on this and tell people to get it fixed so they will be alive.

LawDawg

June 22nd, 2012
2:35 pm

A Chevy with a serious problem? I am SHOCKED.

Bronc

June 22nd, 2012
2:35 pm

Boom…another cheap chevy has issues again….

Bronc

June 22nd, 2012
2:35 pm

Boom…another cheap chevy has issues again….

Tubba

June 22nd, 2012
2:36 pm

GM also said the Cruze could be “flat towed” but then changed its mind. Are they going to give refunds to those who bought them based on this? GM needs to get its act together on this vehicle.

Soichiro Honda

June 22nd, 2012
2:44 pm

GM still can’t get it together.

Texas Pete

June 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

Chevrolet has a hard time standing behind their products. I’m surprised that they have made this recall on their Cruze model. Since 2002 up through 2009, they have had a well-known problem with the “traction control” – “reduced engine speed” on their Chevy Impala’s. Hundreds of consumer complaints have been logged all over the internet. Yet, have they recalled these Impala’s to fix this dangerous problem? No! They insist that the quality of their cars has improved. Yet, the problem remains and no recall has been issued. Like other disgruntled Chevy Impala owners, I guess someone will have to die before Chevy steps up, owns this problem, and recalls these vehicles. Why did we bail them out?

Chevy Sucks

June 22nd, 2012
2:45 pm

Why is this even news? Chevrolet is the WORST of them all. I have a crummy Cobalt that no one would fix or steal if you paid them too! Foreign cars are better.

Relationship Expert

June 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Buy a Chevy and you will be uncomfortable. Buy or lease a Chevy through GMAC and you will be miserable.

WhiteRabbit

June 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

It’s sad that such a legendary car maker now makes such garbage and aims it at the lowest tier purchasers. I never thought I would say this, but Ford is now by far the better, more innovative American auto company.

Modify an engine shield

June 22nd, 2012
3:15 pm

This surgical-modification probably involves boring a drain hole in some plastic cover with the pointy end of a screwdriver. Perhaps it might be better to stop whatever fluid leak (gasoline?) that is the root cause of the issue vs ensuring it drains safely into a nice flammable puddle on your garage floor? Typically these flammable liquids are supposed to be ‘trapped’ in the engine vs leaking all over the place. Historically GM has a different design philosophy about the whole concept called leakage. I recall (pun intended) that every GM car I ever owned would leak when it rained, and then the entire engine and transmission would be covered in a primordial moss-like muck caused by it leaking oil, coolant and any other available fluids from all possible places…..

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June 22nd, 2012
3:20 pm

I wouldn’t be caught dead in one.

Looks like some who bought them might, however.

SM

June 22nd, 2012
3:23 pm

I’m 43 years old and there hasn’t been a Chevy car I’d drive since I started driving. Why does anyone buy one of these????

American Girl with Muscle

June 22nd, 2012
3:25 pm

I had 4 consecutive GMs. A 1991 Sunbird I bought used in 1993, a 1997 Monte Carlo Z34, a 2001 Monte Carlo SS, and a 2006 Pontiac G6 GT. Want to know which one I had the least amount of problems with? The 1991 Sunbird.

The 97 MC – at 52,000 miles, there was a whine from the transmission, although no transmission place I took it to could tell me what it was. At 100K, a plastic washer on the planetary finally melted and basically destroyed the innards of the transmission. A $1000 rebuild and about a year and a half later, I traded it on the 2001 SS. The 2001 was slightly better, although the front end was junk. Part of that may have had to do with an accident I had about 2 months after I got it. But basically, the brake rotors were too small for the size of the car, which meant they warped easily. When I started hearing the whine from the transmission, I traded the SS on the G6. Well, if I thought the Chevy front end was crap, the G6 convinced me that I would never again buy a front-wheel drive GM. Between January and June 2008, I spent about $1,000 on brakes, rotors, tie-rod end, battery and tires. I traded it in on a 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe. Best trade I ever made.

I had zero problems from the Altima. With the CVT (transmission), there were no gears to wear out. The brake rotors were much bigger than any of the GM cars, which considering the size of the Altima compared to the Monte Carlos, just didn’t make a lot of since for GM. There was a whine to the Altima all along that irritated me, but I never had any real problems with it. I kept it from August 2008 to April of this year. I put two sets of tires and one full set of brakes on it (I drive over 75 miles daily, 5 days a week and probably close to that each weekend, so it wears on tires), but other than that, nothing else. I did trade it in April (with 106K miles on it) for another American car, but this time it was a Dodge Challenger. Rear-wheel drive. The reason for the trade was that I wanted more power than the Altima 2.5 S had without the cost of stepping up to the V6 Altima.

The problem with the GMs is that front-wheel drive configuration. The engine creates so much heat in that confined space that it will melt any kind of plastic washers or connections. And they use way too small a brake rotor on all their cars, except maybe the Camaro. Of course, the Camaro is rear-wheel drive, so it is not likely to have the same problems. Only reason I didn’t get that car is because it’s such a tight fit that my husband (a serious Camaro guy) didn’t fit in it.

Nonia

June 22nd, 2012
3:31 pm

I have a Cruze, just a month old……
This recall is for a simple modification to a shield not a major transmission, engine issue or sudden acceleration issue!
I’m averaging 44+ miles per gallon and this vehicle has been nimble, quiet, great visibility compared to a Ford Focus and fiesta-
This vehicle is a solid vehicle (I did thorough and extensive research before picking this vehicle).
I looked at the Honda’s, Toyota’s and Nissan’s to compare and folks that have the foreign brands are having transmission and vehicle electronic issues with these vehicles, in addition to NO consumer relations response in getting thise vehicles fixed even within their warranty period. Toyota is the worse car company to deal with when the dealership writes you off.
When the economy tanks the first thing to go out the window are jobs!!!
In the metro Atlanta area it seems more people would rather drive and have a foreign car sitting in driveway and have no job not understanding that we are supposed to be a United States…..a Country in which we are ALL joined at the hip in one way or another!
When you dont support your own Country’s product, those workers are laid off, and the stores they shop at for school clothes and groceries have to lay off, then the laid off workers at the stores cause the restaurants and stores they shop at and services they use must lay off….
When will we ever learn? This recall is for a shield and folks are throwing in the towel on this American iconic car company but said nothing when Toyota recalled every passenger car aside from the Corolla off the road for sudden acceleration-

desh

June 22nd, 2012
3:36 pm

HUNGRY
OUT OF WORK
EAT YOUR IMPORT
Back the USA
Buy American

larry

June 22nd, 2012
3:41 pm

I have a ‘97 chevy s-10 with 292,000 miles on it. Orginal transmission and engine. I plan on buying another GM product.

MichelleT

June 22nd, 2012
3:45 pm

AMEN, Nonia and desh! I drive an ‘07 Chevrolet Impala that I bought from my parents when they bought their new ‘12 Chevrolet Cruze for the awesome gas mileage. I love my car, they love their car. This recall is for a very simple issue, much ado about nothing for a bunch of nasayers on here.

tj

June 22nd, 2012
3:48 pm

I believe it is unAmerican to buy from a company (GM) that builds junk. I bought a Hyundai last year, which was actually built in the United States by I’m guessing mostly U.S. citiziens, and the build quality, performance and reliability has been flawless since I drove it off the lot.

Larry B.

June 22nd, 2012
3:53 pm

Back to the old American Made Auto By Union Workers. Who could ask for more and why am I not surprised.

von

June 22nd, 2012
4:00 pm

Government Motors…erm…General Motors does it again! Thanks Mr. President for endorsing this company! Like everything else you endorse, it’s not only awful…it will likely kill us.

Soichiro Honda

June 22nd, 2012
4:01 pm

@nonia, you better wait until you get a few more miles on that Cruze before you sing its praises.

Texas Pete

June 22nd, 2012
4:04 pm

You can wave the American flag all you want, but when someone cheats me on a product I call them a crook! If you build a product that doesn’t work properly, please have the integrity to fix your mistake or stop taking people’s hard earned money. That type of dishonesty has nothing to do with your nationality. It has everything to do with the character of your organization! You want to know why we had to bail out a bankrupt GM a couple of years ago? It was because their products was shoddily made, their service was lousy and no one wanted to shell out $20,000-plus for an unreliable vehicle. I bought a Chevy Impala wanting to support an American car manufacturer who I believed was committed to making a better product. Boy, was I a sucker!

MD

June 22nd, 2012
4:08 pm

@Nonia

Your urging to buy American made by buying a Chevy is misguided. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen all manufacture vehicles in the USA.

If you neglect these brands in favor of the percieved “All American GM” cars, you’re neglecting hard-working Americans just the same.

Enjoy your Cruze – I have had several Cruze rental cars and thoroughly enjoyed them. Nice cars, if a little cramped.

tiffany

June 22nd, 2012
4:23 pm

I have a cruze and i love my car. I havent had any issues. there were only two other recalls i have had to take my car in for and it took all of 15 min at the most to fix it. if its such a crappy cheep car why is it i see 100’s of them on the road every day??? my mom also has a cruze and she also loves her car.

Drew

June 22nd, 2012
4:26 pm

If you REALLY wanted to be patriotic and support the local economy, you’d buy one of the Kias made down by LaGrange, since they employ many Georgians.

At the very least, stick to Honda (Alabama), Hyundai (Montgomery), BMW (Greer, SC), Nissan (Nashville), or a VW Passat (Chattanooga).

Why support Michigan’s or Ohio’s economy when we can support that of GA and the surrounding areas?

tiffany

June 22nd, 2012
4:28 pm

oh and i drive 50 miles to work and back so my car is a year and a half old and has 35000 miles on it. and i STILL have no complaints. except when people try to complain about stuff they have no room to have an opinion on. and btw all cars, even the ones who are “american brand” has most their parts shipped in from out of the country. i know because i made electrical harnesses for a few years. we would make the prototype then send it to mexico for mass production. Or canada. Instead of arguing about this we should focus on flint and how to stop the young men from shooting eachother because that happens WAY more then GM recalls something on a production vehice.

tiffany

June 22nd, 2012
4:31 pm

WOW do you think only people from your area are having hard times? Have you been to flint? its a dead city because all the factorys closed. but hey screw michigan and ohio. Their economys are only WAY worse then the other areas. and you will have a flood of people from michigan going to the other areas looking for jobs. hope you enjoy that!!

Nonia

June 22nd, 2012
4:33 pm

Yes we may have several foreign car companies that assemble thier vehicles here in the United States, but the wages are pretty much pennies on a dollar, meanwhile their vehicles are still priced well above their American brands. This is done so that there is maximum profit sent right back to their country!!!
Hyundai for example sends their profits right back to Korea!!! North Korea hates the United States and have built nuclear war heads and has threatened to test them on us….so why are we providing tax incentives for them to build plants here and employ Americans at close to minimum wages maybe as much as 20 bucks an hour and still charge 30-50 grand for those.cheap cars, send the profits back to a communist country? They are doing to us what we did to them!
Modern day sweat shops here in this country and they make and send billions back to their country and then turn around and loan us money along with China at an intrest rate that we have not intention on paying back-
We should support our own Country for it is a domino affect United we Stand and United we all fall as well-
Chevy’s and GM are good cars….ive owned 8 in my lifetime…..i also have owned several Corvettes and Camaro’s and performance Buicks and Pontiacs-

☺☻Have A Smile!

June 22nd, 2012
4:41 pm

While I’ve never been a US-made vehicle fan (for obvious reasons like worse reliability, etc) I was hoping the Cruze might fare better as well as it’s sister car, the Sonic, and give me real reasons to change my mind.

After doing a lot of reading, I was disappointed once again to learn about the woes of those poor owners.

On paper the Cruze sounds like a winner:
-Fuel efficient
-Quiet (more so than other cars in its class and above)
-Attractive
-6-speed manual transmission available.
-Bluetooth, XM radio, & more available

However, after looking into the Sonic, I happen to read more about the Cruze, and more of General Motors typical problems that STILL AREN’T FIXED:
- Coolant smell in the cabin causing owners to get sick
- Automatic transmission problems, bad!
- Air conditioning & other miscellaneous problems
- Assembly line quality problems, miscellaneous parts and pieces out-of-line or missing from the assembly line!

…also bad parts coming from their suppliers.

I just don’t understand why the same problems get repeated over and over. Now GM has online reps posting in the car owner forums doing damage control but little does that help when you’ve got a car you can’t drive.

Say what you will, and I had wished GM would give me a reason to consider a Cruze, but not anymore. You’d have to be crazy to get a $20K+ car loan for a gamble. :(

Also, the Sonic & Cruze are based on global GM platforms and are not “fresh” new cars, although they are better here than UK/Asian models.

Rhett Butler

June 22nd, 2012
4:46 pm

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

ben

June 22nd, 2012
4:46 pm

Remember the Chevette!!!!!

☺☻Have A Smile!

June 22nd, 2012
4:49 pm

Modern day sweat shops here in this country and they make and send billions back to their country and then turn around and loan us money along with China at an intrest rate that we have not intention on paying back-

This is absolute bullsh|t.

One of my ex-highschool friends works at the Kia plant in West Point, near my hometown. They’re happy to be working there and are paid a good wage. People were happy to have the industry come to that area and that was a big boost for people to work & support their families.

Also, they are able to afford a nice new Kia vehicle due to their employee discount and are enjoying it.

This is a free market. At the end of the day it is up to the consumer to decide what vehicle and what manufacturer best serves their needs & cost constraints.

Saying “Chevy and GM vehicle are good” is a blanket statement and not factually correct. No more would I say that “ALL Japanese vehicles are great”, because I know that that is not the case. However historically and statistically by large a number of manufacturers have better vehicle histories than others.

I’m so tired of people hating on others because they don’t “buy American”. Give me a d@mn break.

I’ll spend my hard-earned money on whatever car that offers what I need and is less likely to be making 3 trips to the dealer.

American Girl with Muscle

June 22nd, 2012
4:57 pm

On a smaller, lighter-weight car, front-wheel drive is okay, particularly a small motor like a 4-cylinder. Thus, my Nissan didn’t have any problems. But on a larger, heavier V-6 or higher motor, front-wheel is bad because it cramps the engine bay, thereby generating the heat that can cause the destruction.

I love my Challenger.

Drew

June 22nd, 2012
4:59 pm

Ummmm, “Nonia”…

Hyundai is based in SOUTH Korea (you know–the one we’re close allies with?), NOT North Korea. If you don’t know the difference between the two countries then you shouldn’t even comment.

Besides, who cares where their profits are going, except the shareholders of those companies? Do you hold stock in any of the foreign-based car companies which have assemblies in the U.S.? All I (and anyone else with a lick of sense) care about are American JOBS. And these companies are providing THOUSANDS of American jobs. I suppose you think it’s more acceptable to buy a Mexican-made Chevy, Chrysler, or Ford over an American-made Honda? Even though those JOBS should be filled by American workers?

p.s. Your Cruze is a South Korean car (Daewoo) that just happens to be built in Ohio…

Joe

June 22nd, 2012
5:09 pm

I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. 4 cylinder, manual transmission. 170,000 miles. I bought it brand new. I have had to replace front tires more than I’d like, but other than that, the only problems I’ve had were when some idiot hit me (had to replace some panels on the body) and a cylinder coil went out at around 150,000 miles. Beyond that, it does have some electrical grelims (lights going off but ending up being no issue except a short in a wire somewhere – not worth fixing at this point), and it has a few minor oil and power steering fluid leaks now. Overall, it’s been paid for since 2006, gets me where I need to go, runs well and reliably, and is cheap to operate.

I’m hoping that it runs long enough until I can pay off some legal debts (d*mn divorce!) so I can buy some type of hybrid, which I believe it will. Then it will become my main commute/backup car until it dies. Or I’ll keep it running so when my son is driving in 8 or so years, he can learn to drive on his dad’s old beater stick shift just like I did!

JRHD

June 22nd, 2012
5:40 pm

Hey Nonia, you aren’t as smart as you think you are. You can price shop the foreign cars vs. the Cruze and the Civic is about $600 cheaper. The Hyundai Elantra is about $2000 cheaper than the Cruze, and both cars retain their value better than a comparably equipped Cruze. So in the long run you spend more on the Cruze to lose more when you trade or sell. I am a fan of GM (prior to the government takeover) cars and trucks; I drive a GMC Yukon, so I am not biased to the foreign brands. I am in charge of a 100+ vehicle fleet that is comprised of almost all Ford vehicles. I am a firm believer in “Buy American” when it makes sense. This is a case where buying Honda, Hyundai, Kia or even MB is just as much, if not more so buying American as buying Ford, Chrysler or GM. Some of our beloved ‘American Made’ vehicles are being manufactured in Canada and Mexico. Will you not buy a Ford Fusion because Ford builds them in Canada? The Cadillac SRX is built in Mexico. Now we can’t buy the Cadillac because it is a foreign car.

DawgDad

June 22nd, 2012
6:15 pm

“When you dont support your own Country’s product, those workers are laid off, and the stores they shop at for school clothes and groceries have to lay off, then the laid off workers at the stores cause the restaurants and stores they shop at and services they use must lay off….”

As an American taxpayer, consumer, and worker I’m calling you on the carpet over this. No one deserves a guaranteed job or wage like the GM workers and other union workers get, and I’d be willing to bet pretty much whatever that I could find foreign made products all over your house.

We’re in a global economy. Embrace it or suffer.

Just Say'in

June 22nd, 2012
6:22 pm

I’ll keep driving my American-made Toyota with over 300,000 miles on it !

Rugger

June 22nd, 2012
6:29 pm

Sad. people crucify Chevy because of 2 fires out of nearly half a million vehicles. Toyota skimps on a cheap part- the 14 cent washer was too expensive so they with a 7 cent washer on the accerlator pedal- and people are injured when the thing seizes and cause the car to accerate. Oh well its Toyota, the press won’t bad talk them. Good cause I keep buying the ‘bad’ Chevy’s. the ‘98 just expired-@ 314,000 miles. The truck has 169,000 and is just like new. The Impala has 264,000 miles and going strong. I like Toyota, I.ve owned 5, but Chevys are great too.

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Now a ford guy

June 22nd, 2012
10:46 pm

Had a $3000 repair bill on my 2006 Chevy Truck.. Bad cylinder castings let the oil and anti freeze comingle. GM knew it was an issue but refused to fix it under any kind of warranty. Wheel bearing also went out and now it’s a “sealed unit” and the whole thing has to be replaced. $600. Then I get a notice that the fan switch controls “might” be bad but they would only look at it “if” i thought it was a problem or the vehicle had less than 100,000 miles on it. The thing is 5 years old and falls apart at 100,000 miles????? GM can go to hell and I don’t care if they lay off or fire everyone of their sorry employees. For years I towed the “buy american” line but no more. The quality is non existent and the customers will go elsewhere.. Bought a Nissan and couldn’t be happier along with my Ford Truck

art

June 23rd, 2012
9:01 am

Is Korea in GA ?? Must update my Map !

ge

June 23rd, 2012
9:35 am

most of these comments are extremly uninformed and onesided comparing older cars to a much newer car… Wow your 80s chevy broke but you couple years old foreign car is better speech is crap. All car makers have got better overtime, they figure problems out overtime. All cars have theyre own set of problems, all have recalls and a specfuc set of things that wear out.

MrLiberty

June 23rd, 2012
12:16 pm

First the Volt and then the Cruze (on top of a long history of failure). Can we really say that “saving GM” by stealing taxpayer dollars, violating the constitution and every legal principle by government destroying contract law and rewarding the UAW while screwing the bondholders, and not just allowing the assets of this worthless company to be purchased by more productive companies was really in the nation’s interst? As if massive criminal behavior by the president and the government is EVER in the nation’s interest.

The only american auto industry that is worth saving is the one that can stand on its own two feet. If the government is destroying the industry through regulations, taxation, labor policies, protectionist tarriffs on steel, etc. then that is where the changes should be made. Stealing money from taxpayers to buy the votes of the UAW members has no place in this country. No doubt Bush would have done something equally as underhanded to benefit HIS friends, but this entire incident is just another in a long series of stains on the history of american governance.

Jerry

June 23rd, 2012
1:43 pm

Wow, this has caused a plethora of spin-off discussions! I am enjoying it!

I can speak as a 2012 Cruze 2LT owner since Oct. I am satisfied with my car and applaud the recall effort. Time only will tell what quality and value will emerge.
I looked at other cars when shopping in Aug., but could not even find a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited to sit in, let alone test drive. So I had to make a decision. I am generally a GM owner living in a (former) GM town – Dayton, OH. Buying the Cruze made sense for helping the Ohio economy, a minor factor at least. And the size of the engines in these compact cars screams for a MT instead of an AT geared for fuel economy. The 2012 Cruze had the MT with the 1.4L turbo in non-Eco trims, a wise offering by Chevy.

For the economy’s sake, the saving of GM was a wise decision and best job creating measure recently done by Washington. It is maybe the only thing I can see this current administration has done to help our financial recovery. Cash for Clunkers was a joke along with most Wall St. bailouts. Some financial institutions deserved to fail much more than GM. The investment in GM is paying off across multiple arenas – when was the last time you felt positive dealing with a bank?

RGB

June 23rd, 2012
3:50 pm

“Look for the union label…”

Name (required)

June 23rd, 2012
5:27 pm

“Look for the union label…..so you know not to buy it.”

Thanks a lot UAW….ruining America 1 job at a time.

Jennifer

June 23rd, 2012
6:51 pm

I had a ‘95 cavalier, not a single leak or problem, had 304,000 miles on it til I got hit by a jeep wrangler and totalled it! Original engine and transmission! Loved that car, so I bought an ‘11 cruze. Haven’t had a single problem with it and bought brand new with 5 miles on it. Now it has 24,000 still the same as brand new! Who cares about a couple recalls, atleast they are getting the word out and fixing the problems as soon as they are a problems!