General Motors Co. issued three new recalls Wednesday for 2011 models, including calling back 150,000 of its hot-selling Chevrolet Cruze sedans in North America to inspect for proper installation of two components.
GM said it will inspect 154,112 Cruze 2011 models for proper installation of the intermediate steering shaft covers. Of that group, it will also inspect 120,295 Cruzes with an automatic transmission for proper installation of the transmission shift linkage.
Unsold vehicles on dealer lots also will be inspected before they are sold. GM doesn't expect that dealers will need to fix the vast majority of the vehicles being recalled, spokesman Alan Adler said.
Of the 154,000 Cruzes being recalled, 128,911 are in the United States, Adler said.
The recalled Cruze models are built in Lordstown, Ohio, and sold in the United States and Canada.
No crashes or injuries are associated with either issue and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received no consumer complaints.
"We think very few vehicles in the population have either issue, but we chose to conduct these inspections to give customers additional peace of mind about the quality of the Cruze," said GM vice president of global quality Terry Woychowski. "I conducted a quality inspection of the Lordstown plant this week, and I am confident we have made the necessary process changes so neither of these conditions happens again."
The Cruze is Chevrolet's best-selling model with more than 25,160 U.S. sales in April and more than 75,000 since its launch.
This is the second recall for the new Cruze.
In April, GM recalled 2,100 of its 2011 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in the United States and 400 in Canada after one vehicle in the U.S. had an improperly fastened steering wheel. A video of the incident appeared on the Internet.
Separately, GM announced two other recalls on Wednesday.
— GM said it's calling back 8,723 of its 2011 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans for possible brake fluid leaks.
Of the total, 7,593 of the vans in the United States might be out of compliance with the applicable requirements. No crashes or injuries are associated with this issue.
— GM is also recalling 6,303 of its 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups, including 4,674 in the United States.
A nut on the windshield wiper motor crank arm might not be tightened to specification. A loose nut could make the wipers inoperative, which could reduce driver visibility.
There are no known crashes or injuries.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110504/...#ixzz1LQhyR1p2