General Motors will recall 413,418 Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruzes in the United States for the 2011 and 2012 model years due to a risk of engine fires.
Only Cruzes built in Lordstown and sold in the U.S. and Canada and several hundred exported to Israel are affected.
GM says the fires happen when fluids drip onto a plastic shield below the engine and ignite. GM knows of 30 fires caused by the problem. No injuries have been reported.
Dealers will cut the shield to let the fluid drain to the pavement. GM says most of the fires were caused by spills during oil changes that weren't cleaned properly. Cruzes with worn-out manual transmissions also can leak fluid.
The recall covers cars built from September 2010 through May 2012.
The Cruze is key because it has improved GM's small-car sales. The company has a history of poor-performing compacts.
"The most important thing for our customers to know is that we are proactively working to assure the Cruze is the safe and durable car they purchased," said GM vice president of Global Quality Alicia Boler-Davis in a release issued Friday. "We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these actions."
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