General Motors announced on Friday it is recalling more than 400,000 Chevy Cruze compact sedans in order to modify a part that may represent a fire hazard. The issue, according to GM's statement, is with a large, plastic engine shield that sits under the engine to protect it, which has been shown to trap oil during oil changes or leaked from the engine at other times. In addition, an issue with the clutch on manual transmission models can also lead to fire. A third issue with the vehicle, believed to only affect about 250 cars, has to do with incomplete welds in the rear compartment.
GM is recalling all Cruze sedans built in the US from September 2010 to May 2012. At this point, GM noted, there have not been any reports of crashes or injuries as a result of the problems being addressed by the recall. Owners of the affected vehicles are being asked to bring their cars into authorized GM service centers where necessary modifications will be made. The company said that engine shield repairs, which will involve cutting away parts of the shield to make holes so that fluid can drip harmlessly to the ro0ad, will take about 30 minutes, while weld repair will take about 3 hours. GM will begin notifying owners affected by the recalls by mail on July 11th.