Dealers were told to stop selling the Chevy Cruze last week with no explanation, but now there is an answer.
General Motors has announced that it is recalling about 172,000 Cruze models from the 2013 and 2014 model year equipped with 1.4-liter turbo engine, to replace a right front axle half shaft that can fracture or separate. The interconnecting tubular bar does not meet GM specification. If it does break or separate, the car will retain brake and steering control, but it will lose power.
GM knows of several dozen half-shaft fractures, though they say no accidents or injuries have been the result of this problem.
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Last week, the brand ordered dealers to stop selling the cars so they could be inspected, and this recall is the result of that inspection.
GM is in the midst of a recall investigation after the brand called back about 2.6 million cars for a problem with the ignition switch that has been linked to a number of deaths. GM CEO Mary Barra will testify on Tuesday before Congress about the delays in the recall process. GM first knew of the issue in the early 2000s, though the company only recalled the cars in 2014.
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