GM to recall all Cruzes for fire risk

June 25, 2012 12:00 AM

General Motors is recalling all Chevrolet Cruzes from the 2011 and 2012 model years for a flaw that could possibly lead to an engine fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation into the model in April after two customers reported their vehicles caught fire while the car was in motion. Both drivers ultimately escaped the fires without injury. General Motors then launched its own investigation into the vehicle, according to USA Today.

The company ultimately found an issue with the car's engine shield, which could potentially ignite under certain circumstances. The company said improper oil changes could trigger the fires if the oil accidentally spills or drips onto the shield.

While the initial investigation was only for the 2011 year, GM found the problem persisted in 2012 models. Since the Cruze has only been on sale for two years, all 413,000 models sold thus far are subject to the recall. An additional 61,000 models were recalled from Canada.

"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," GM Vice President of Global Quality Alicia Boler-Davis said in a statement. "We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these actions."

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