GM recalls the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze for steering, trans issues
General Motors points out that while they have announced this new 2011 Chevy Cruze recall, they are doing so without actually receiving any complaints or problems, accidents or injuries from the consumer world to themselves or to the NHTSA. It seems that GM came across something about the intermediate steering shaft covers that they feel could cause a problem and before even a single real-world customer has encountered a problem, GM is calling back 154,112 2011 Cruze sedans. General Motors hasn’t given any explanation as to what is wrong with the steering shaft covers but depending on the problem, when those covers fail they can cause premature wear of the components intended to be shielded from debris and the elements.
In addition to the recall to inspect the intermediate steering shafts, GM has announced a recall running along with the first one that pertains only to Chevy Cruze sedans with an automatic transmission. This second recall, which affects 120,295 Cruze sedans, is based around the proper installation of the transmission shift linkage.
Since GM bundled the two recalls together, anyone with an automatic transmission-equipped 2011 Chevy Cruze will have both inspections done at once. There has not been a clear timeline given as to when this recall begin but once it does, all inspections and repairs needed will performed free of charge to the customer.