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GM issues Chevy Cruze recall amid fire fears

No crashes, fatalities or injuries due to the malfunction have been reported so far.

Detroit based General Motor Co. (GM) is recalling more than 475,000 Chevrolet Cruze models citing the risk of a possible fire engine in the popular compact car.

The recall includes 413,418 Cruz cars in the U.S., more than 60,000 cars in Canada and few hundred in Israel.

The affected vehicles were built at GM’s factory in Lordstown, Ohio from September of 2010 through May of 2012.

The recall was initiated following a defects investigation started by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amid reports of flames destroying two cars.

Issue involves engine compartment fires
According to the company, dripping fluids onto a hot plastic shield below the engine can spark fire in the engine compartment. The problem is more pronounced when spilt oil is not properly cleaned up during oil changes.

In some rare cases, vehicles with worn-out manual transmissions can also cause fluid leakage onto the shields, GM said.

The issue was discovered after 30 fires caused by the problem came to the notice of the company. The recall was initiated following a defects investigation started by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amid reports of flames destroying two cars.

Fortunately no crashes, fatalities or injuries due to the malfunction have been reported so far.

Mailed notifications from mid-July
GM intends to begin informing affected owners through mail by mid July. The recalled vehicles will be inspected by a dealer and the shield will be modified to prevent liquids from being trapped in the engine compartment.

The whole modification process will be free of cost and take just 30 minutes.
In case of weld repairs, the free fix will take about three hours.

Owners of affected vehicle should make an appointment with their dealers "at their earliest convenience," GM said in a statement.