In cold temperatures, the insulation on the engine block heater cord can become damaged, allowing the wires to be exposed. Exposed wires increase the risk of electrical shock and personal injury if the cord is handled while it is plugged in. Dealers will replace the block heater cord to correct this concern. The new cord is rated for temperatures of -40C.
Chevrolet Cruze Recalls
The driver's front airbag inflator may have been manufactured with an incorrect part. If a crash occurs requiring deployment of the driver's airbag, the inflator may rupture and the airbag may not inflate. The rupture could cause metal fragments to strike and potentially seriously injure the vehicle occupants. Additionally, if the airbag does not inflate, the driver is at an increased risk of injury. Dealers will replace the driver side airbag to correct this concern.
These Cruze models are being recalled because the right front axle shaft can break. If this were to occur while driving the vehicle would coast to a stop. If parked in this condition without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could roll unexpectedly. Either case has an increased risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the right axle assembly as necessary. Replacement parts are not yet ready, a second letter will be sent when they become available and the recall can be completed. This is an expansion of a previous recall, parts previously installed may need to be replaced again.
The two half shafts transfer power from the transmission to the front wheels. On vehicles equipped with a manual transmission, the right half shaft could break unexpectedly resulting in loss of drive power to the drive wheels. If this were to happen the vehicle would coast to a stop and no longer be able to move under its own power. Dealers will replace the right half shaft assembly on affected vehicles to correct this concern.
The driver's front airbag includes a safety device called a shorting bar - this prevents unexpected deployment of the airbag when it is removed from the vehicle. In this case, the shorting bar may intermittently contact the airbag terminals while it is installed in the vehicle. This could result in illumination of the airbag warning light or the airbag may not deploy when necessary. Failure of the airbag to deploy would increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil to correct this concern.
The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals. If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury. General Motors dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil to correct this concern. The General Motors recall number is 12261
Attachment welds for the fuel tank strap secondary brackets may have been omitted during vehicle assembly. In the event of a crash, the fuel tank could come loose, possibly allowing fuel to leak and increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect the vehicle for missing welds. If the vehicle is missing welds, dealers will secure the bracket attachments with fasteners. The General Motors recall number is 12133.
Spilled or dripping oil (such as after an oil change) may collect in the engine shield (bellypan) near hot engine or exhaust system surfaces. As a result, the oil and the engine shield may ignite and burn, causing an engine compartment fire. Dealers will modify the engine shield to prevent fluid from contacting the shield. Also, on vehicles with a manual transmission, protective tape will be applied to the electronic power steering wire harness. The General Motors recall number is 12081.
The shift linkage may not be properly installed. As a result, the shift indicator may not correctly reflect the position of the transmission gear. This could allow the driver to remove the ignition key when the transmission is not in "Park." The vehicle may not start and/or could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the transmission shift linkage for correct installation and adjust it as necessary. No schedule for owner notification is available at this time. The General Motors recall number is 11142.
The bolt attaching the intermediate steering shaft to the steering gear may not have been properly installed. The steering shaft may separate from the steering gear, which may cause a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and repair the intermediate shaft/steering gear connection as necessary to assure the shaft is properly assembled. No schedule for owner notification is available at this time. The General Motors recall number is 11149.