Recall: 2011 Chevy Cruze For Steering, Transmission Trouble

May 5, 2011

In a major recall of its successful new compact sedan, General Motors [NYSE:GM] says it will recall just about every 2011 Chevrolet Cruze built in North America thus far.

The total number of vehicles involved exceeds 150,000, and covers all Cruzes built at GM's Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant.

Two problems have led the company to the recall. In the first, the automaker says vehicles with automatic transmissions need to be checked for lever actuation; in some cases, when the vehicle is supposed to be in Park, it's still in gear. This problem affects about 120,000 vehicles in all.

In the second recall, all Cruzes built in Ohio will be examined to make sure their steering-shaft covers have been installed properly. In one complaint, an owner reported turning the wheel in their Cruze, without any response from the steering rack.

About 129,000 of the Cruze sedans being recalled were sold in the U.S.

Last month, GM recalled the Cruze for a problem with improperly attached steering wheels that have come off in drivers' hands, in a few cases--including one in which the steering wheel actually came off at 65 mph in a Minnesota driver's hands.

GM says owners will be contacted for free repairs. Concerned drivers can check to see if their car is on the recall list by contacting Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, or on the Web at the GM Owner Center.

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