The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

NHTSA expands Chevy Cruze engine fire investigation to 370,000

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that they have expanded the investigation of the Chevrolet Cruze to a second model year, which now encompasses some 370,000 vehicles in the US.

The NHTSA launched a preliminary investigation into the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze in April after receiving a pair of complaints that the compact sedan just burst into flames while driving on the highway. Initially, this investigation only pertained to the 2011 model year Cruze sedans, which would “only” reach around 177,000 vehicles. However, the feds have announced that the 2012 Chevy Cruze is also being included in this investigation and with that statement the scope of the investigation has more than doubled – now including over 370,000 vehicles.

There have been no accidents, injuries or deaths stemming from the issue which has caused the investigation into the 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Cruze but based on the two complaints; it is hard to question the legitimacy of the probe. In both cases, the complainants were traveling at speed when smoke began pouring from under the hood. Both drivers stopped to investigate and within minutes the cars were engulfed in flames. The result was both of the 2011 Chevy Cruze sedans being completely destroyed while luckily, no one was injured.


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I believe the Verano shares engines and transmisions with the Regal, NOT the Cruze.