Due to a recently discovered risk of engine fires, General Motors (GM) has issued a recall for its well-known Chevrolet Cruze compact car, affecting 2011 and 2012 model years and more than 475,000 cars.
The fires have been known to ignite when fluids, mostly oil, drip onto a hot plastic shield below the engine when being changed. The flames consumed and destroyed cars in two of the 30 known instances reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, no injuries have been reported, according to spokesman Alan Adler.
In order to prevent the fires, dealers will be cutting the shield to let the fluids drain freely to the pavement, GM said. The repairs will only take around 30 minutes and are without any additional cost to the owner.
Unfortunately, this is not the only known problem for the Cruze. GM also reported that in rare instances, Cruzes have been known to leak fluid onto the shields if their manual transmissions are close to completely worn-out.
The Cruze has become a strong competitor in the compact car market – an area where GM has been lacking. GM has sold more than 351,000 Cruzes in the U.S. with 95,000 of those being sold just within this year.
“The most important thing for our customers to know is that we are proactively working to assure the Cruze is the safe and durable car they purchased,” said GM vice president of Global Quality Alicia Boler-Davis in a statement. “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these actions.”