According to a report by Reuters, General Motors is recalling 413,418 Chevy Cruze sedans to fix a problem with the engine shield that can trap engine fluids and increase the chance of a fire. The impacted vehicles are 2011 and 2012 models made in the car manufacturer’s Lordstown, Ohio factory. Owners impacted by the recall will be mailed notifications starting on July 11.
According to GM’s press release, “Improper engine oil change procedures on these vehicles can result in the spilling or dripping of oil. If oil contacts hot engine or exhaust system surfaces, and the engine shield, the shield may ignite and burn, resulting in a possible engine compartment fire.” It also notes that vehicles with manual transmissions and completely worn clutches can result in hydraulic fluid igniting the engine shield. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the problem in April.