GM To Recall 150,000+ Cars For Steering/Transmission Issues

General Motors Co is recalling 154,112 vehicles sold in the United States and Canada since last September.  The steering shaft needs to be inspected on the Chevrolet Cruze cars built in Lordstown, Ohio.  This follows a GM recall of 2,100 Cruze vehicles last month to inspect the steering wheel to ensure it was properly fastened.

An additional 120,000 cars, those with automatic transmissions, should have the transmission shift linkage inspected to ensure it was properly installed, GM said.  The affected cars were built from the inception of the line through April 21.  GM stated that changes in tools and procedures were made at the plant after the issue was discovered, which has eliminated the issue.

GM Vice President of Global Quality, Terry Woychowski, released a statement claiming “very few” of the vehicles should have either problem.  The inspection should only take an hour at a GM dealership.

GM said no accidents or injuries had been reported in the Cruze recall.

The Cruze, which replaced the struggling Cobalt line last year, was GM’s top-selling car last month.  It is an important part of GM’s lineup as fuel prices are rising.

Analyst Aaron Bragman with IHS Automotive doesn’t feel this will impact sales.  “Nothing’s exploding. No one’s in danger,” Bragman said.

Documents will be filed with U.S. federal safety regulators on Thursday, GM stated, and the company plans to start mailing notices to customers next week.

The Cruze Eco has a manual transmission and gets an estimated 42 miles per gallon (MPG) on the highway, while the automatic transmission version is rated at 37 MPG.

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