Yikes. Every single Chevrolet Cruze made from the first production through May 31, 2012 is being recalled by General Motors Co., due to reports of engine fires and explosion risk. Apparently, liquids are getting trapped in the engine compartment, where a fire can start and spread.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March opened a preliminary investigation into the Cruze after there were two reports of engine fires that destroyed the vehicles.
GM is sending letters to customers to notify them of the recall and remind them to make sure, after an oil change, that proper cleanup of excess fluids is conducted. Inspection for the possible missing welds that causes the fluid leaks will take a minutes, says GM, and the repair will take about three hours. Modifying the engine shield will take about 30 minutes in a Chevrolet dealership service department and will be free.
So if you have a Cruze, do not delay – take it to the Chevy dealership and have them check it out to make sure it is safe to continue driving.