GM recalls Chevrolet Cruze for improperly fastened steering wheel

2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS
2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS

General Motors said today that it is recalling a total of 2,500 2011 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in the United States and Canada after one vehicle had an improperly fastened steering wheel. GM said that there was no crash or injuries associated with the vehicle.

“We have analyzed the vehicle that experienced this condition and made adjustments to the assembly process for installation of the steering wheel,” said Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of safety. “Unfortunately, an error was made. We are confident this is the only vehicle with this condition.”

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More than 100,000 Cruze units have been sold since the start of production in the U.S. and there have been no complaints or claims similar to this.

“We inspected more than 2,000 vehicles at the plant and several hundred more at dealerships,” Boyer said. “Now we want to look at certain customer-owned cars to further confirm the results of our investigation.”

GM will start notifying consumers by mail on April 12. Dealers will inspect the steering wheel fastener bold and repair it if necessary.

Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze base LS model is powered by a 136-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, while the Eco, LT and LTZ model get a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder Ecotec engine making 138-hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. The 1.4L turbo models are expected to have a cruising range of more than 500 miles and the Cruze Eco is estimated to get an EPA fuel-economy rating of 42 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models are available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $16,995 for the base model to $22,695 for the top-of-the-line model.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News