A massive automobile recall has been issued for a series of vehicles that pose a fire hazard to consumers.
General Motors issued the recall, which concerns the 2011 and the 2012 models of the Chevy Cruze. A total of 413,148 vehicles fall within the scope of this recall, and each of those vehicles would have been produced between October 2, 2009 and the end of this past May.
The recall was initiated due to oil potentially collecting in the engine shield. When a procedure like an oil change has just been performed, oil has the tendency to spill or drip for a period of time. Unfortunately for these vehicles, it drips onto the engine shield, which is right next to the exhaust system and the engine. Should these components heat up to a sufficient degree, it may cause the engine shield to catch fire. The fire may cause injury or even death should it not be discovered in time by a motorist.
To fix this problem, GM will send an alert out to all affected car owners. Once that happens (it should begin on July 11 or thereabouts), owners will be able to bring their Cruze into a dealer, who will correct the problem. Repairs will involve modifications to the engine shield, as well as additional fixes to those vehicles that have a manual transmission.