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General Motors issues recalls nearly 470K Chevy Cruze vehicles
The car U.S. News and World Report named the “Best Compact Car for the Money” is the subject of a recall. General Motors has issued two separate recalls for 2011 and 2012 Chevy Cruze vehicles because of concerns the cars could catch on fire. The possibility that fuel tank strap secondary brackets may have been omitted is behind the call back of 53,239 Cruzes. Since those brackets are not there, the fuel tank can come loose during a crash, allowing gas to leak out. If there is an ignition source nearby, a fire could result. Meanwhile, another 413,148 Cruzes are being recalled because dripping oil – such as after an oil change – can collect on the belly pan near the hot engine or exhaust system surfaces, causing the belly pan to ignite. GM will contact vehicle owners and dealers will make the repairs free of charge. The safety recalls for both problems are to begin next month. The recall number for the fuel tank issue is 12133, while that for the oil dripping into the belly pan issue is 12081. For information, call the Chevrolet owner center at (866) 694-6546. Learn more about this and other recalls by contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.
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