Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Cruze courtesy of GM.
General Motors is recalling 174,046 2013 and 2014 model-year Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with a 1.4L turbo engine because their right front half shaft may fracture and separate, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.
The vehicles in the recall were all manufactured between Nov. 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014. The automaker halted delivery of the vehicles on March 28 and told dealers to stop selling the vehicles.
If the half shaft fractures and separates while the vehicle is in motion, it would lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly. These scenarios pose a safety risk, according to NHTSA.
GM dealers will inspect and replace the right half shaft, as needed, free of charge.
Since parts for the remedy are not currently available, GM will send an interim letter to owners the week of April 28. A second letter will be mailed when parts come in.
Owners can reach Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546. GM's number for this recall is 14079.
Some vehicles subject to this recall were included in a 2013 recall campaign, but some of those vehicles were repaired using defective parts. Those owners will be advised that they must have their vehicles repaired again under this campaign.
NHTSA announced this recall on its website simultaneously with another GM recall affecting nearly 490,000 vehicles, including Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Series and GMC 1500 Series trucks.
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