GM is recalling 475,418 Chevrolet Cruze models built in the USA as a preventative measure against possible engine fires.
The recall affects all U.S. manufactured Cruzes, which includes all Cruzes sold in the United States, Canada and Israel. The defect is related to an engine heat shield that could cause improperly changed engine oil or hydraulic fluid to heat up via the shield, leading to an engine fire. Recall notices will go out starting July 11th, and should take only 30 minutes at a dealership. A further 61,000 cars will be inspected due to the possibility of improper welds on the fuel tank.
Only two engine fires have been reported so far, but the Cruze has had numerous recalls in its relatively short life. In May 2011, GM recalled all 154,000 Cruzes on the road in the United States and Canada to check for an improperly installed steering shaft, while a recall that same month was issued regarding the shift linkage.