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General Motors is recalling nearly every one of its Chevy Cruze models built in North America to inspect the steering shaft to ensure it has been properly installed. GM’s second-best selling vehicle last month, a total of 154,000 Cruzes are affected. In addition, 120,000 of those with automatic transmissions will get an additional inspection to ensure the transmission shift linkage was properly installed.
According to GM global quality boss Terry Woychowski, “very few” of the cars should have a problem that requires a fix. Woychowski also said that changes have been made in the assembly process to ensure the problem does not occur on newer models.
Back in April GM recalled 2,100 Cruze models after reports of steering wheels falling off. GM has also issued two other recalls, one for the windshield wiper motor on the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups (6,303 vehicles affected) and one of brake fluid leaks on the 2011 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans (8,723 vehicles affected).
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It’s barely arrived on the market in North America, yet the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is already the subject of several technical service bulletins (TSBs).
According to our sources, there are currently three individual service bulletins for U.S. and Canadian market Cruze models, which dealers will fix free of charge under warranty. The first of these concerns a potential squeaking noise originating from the front strut assembly, caused by contact between the strut top mount and wheel splash shield during turning maneuvers at temperatures of 35 degrees Fahrenheit and below. Dealers will add heavy-duty lubricant to the affected area to cure the problem.
The second issue concerns a water leak around right rear taillight. Mis-applied sealer could cause water to seep in through gaps in the sheetmetal seam behind the right rear taillight housing, allowing water to pool in the trunk. Dealers will fix the problem by applying sealant to eliminate any gaps in the seam.
The third and final bulletin concerns a malfunctioning indicator lamp and Brake Apply Sensor on 2011 Cruze models fitted with automatic transmissions, which dealers will replace under warranty.
By issuing these TSBs Chevy is agreeing to fix the issues under warranty, while managing to stave-off the dreaded “R” word.