2,600 Chevrolet Cruzes will be recalled, according to a General Motors (GM) spokesman, after a steering wheel became detached in one of them, while it was being driven.
According to reports, a driver of a Cruze had the wheel come off in his hands while driving the vehicle. The driver was able to safely get it to the side of the road anyway. GM said there have been no reports of injuries or deaths related to the steering wheel problem.
Alan Adler, a spokesman for General Motors, said that a bolt securing the steering wheel – in one specific vehicle – was not correctly installed during assembly. It’s believed that this was due to an incorrect steering wheel being put on the vehicle during assembly, and then replaced with the correct one – but the correct one was not fastened correctly.
“We made a mistake, but we’re confident that we’ve got it fixed,” Adler said.
GM reports that it has inspected 2000 vehicles that are still at the plant, and hundreds more at dealerships, and has not found any in which the error was repeated. However, it still plans to recall 2100 Cruzes that were sold in the US, and another 400 delivered in Canada, to check.
GM is expected to contact affected Cruze owners by mail later this week with instructions on further action.