Chevrolet Cruze (2009–2015)

What's good

EURO NCAP 5 STARS.

What to watch out for

15-1-2011: One (only one) report of a driveshaft snapping.

3-2-2011: In the USA, a new axle shaft (or halfshaft) for the right front wheel could be in order for some 2011 Chevrolet Cruzes with the 1.8-liter engine. In T.S.B. 11225B issued on Nov. 15, General Motors said road splash could cause corrosion on the shaft, leading to a fracture if the corrosion were severe. The company will replace the parts on all models susceptible to the condition. Owners of affected cars should receive a letter about the repair.

29-11-2016: On automatics the brake pedal switch may fail or become detached, locking the quadrant in 'Park'.

21-12-2017: Automatic transmission failure reported on 2013 Chevrolet Cruze 1.8.

Recalls

17-3-2010: Recall of 2010 1.8 litre petrol 'Holden' Cruze models in New Zealand over a suspected fuel hose fault.

24-3-2010: Chevrolet UK will conduct an immediate recall of 810 2009/2010 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles in the UK to fix a potential small leak in a fuel hose. Theproblem has been found in a handful of vehicles. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents due to this issue. A Chevrolet investigation found that the fuel hose did not meet internal specifications and hence, triggered some erosion in the fuel hose. Fuel hose replacements have been ordered and will be installed in vehicles at no charge to customers within the next two weeks. The installation of a new fuel hose will take approximately 30 minutes. All customers will be notified of the recall.

24-10-2011: Justauto.com reports that GM Korea is recalling almost 100,000 cars worldwide to repair a potentially faulty fuel hose, the South Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said. The problem could cause fuel leaks and could result in the vehicle coming to an abrupt halt. The recall includes 32,618 vehicles in South Korea. The vehicles are 23,795 units of the Winstorm (Chevrolet Captiva/Vauxhall Antara) 2.0 diesel and 3,141 units of the Winstorm Max 2.0 produced between 11 February 2008 and 2 January 2011. GM is also recalling 5,479 units of the Lacetti Premier 2.0 Diesel (Chevrolet Cruze) produced between 4 November 2008 and 20 July 2010; 104 units of the Lacetti 2.0 Diesel produced between 13 March 2008 and 18 June 2011; and 99 units of the Tosca 2.0 Diesel (Chevrolet Epica) produced between 1 February 2008 and 20 June 2011. Outside Korea, the recall affects 62,945 units of the Chevrolet Cruze, Captiva and Epica.

25-5-2012: Just-Auto tells us that U.S. safety regulators have expanded their investigation into engine fires in the Chevrolet Cruze to a second model year. Documents posted this week on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website show the fire probe, which initially covered 2011-model Cruzes, now includes the 2012 model year. According to GM spokesman Alan Adler, t he expanded preliminary investigation now covers about 370,000 cars, up from the initial 177,000. A preliminary investigation is the first step in a process that could lead to a recall if regulators determine that a manufacturer needs to address a safety issue. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the probe and GM is cooperating with NHTSA, Adler said. GM is investigating a number of fires, but Adler declined to say how many. In a letter dated April 4, NHTSA requested information from GM by May 11. Adler said the company had responded to the agency's questions, but the response had not been posted online by NHTSA. In April, NHTSA said it had opened a probe after receiving two complaints of engine fires in 2011 Cruzes while the cars were on the road. Both cars were destroyed, according to the complaints.

27-6-2014: 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze in the USA and 4,000 in Canada recalled to replace potentially faulty airbags manufactured by Takata, which could rupture and propel debris inside a car. This has already triggered the recall of millions of vehicles around the world, many of them Toyota. The cars "may be equipped with a suspect driver’s air bag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part."

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