General Motors just recalled about 136,500 of the 2011 model year of Chevrolet Cruze, GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express vehicles in three recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
The trio of recalls comes on the heels of the agency announcing an investigation into complaints of faulty fuel gauges and stalling in GM sport utility vehicles.In the first recall, GM recalled 128,911 Chevrolet Cruzes made between October 2, 2009, and April 21, 2011, because the bolt attaching the steering shaft to the steering gear input shaft may not have been properly installed. If the two pieces separate, the economy car could lose steering, increasing the danger of a crash, NHTSA said.
GM told the agency it received one report of the shafts separating, with no crash resulting from the break. The automaker hasn't provided a time schedule for informing consumers about the recall, but dealers will inspect the cars and make repairs if needed.
The second recall also involves certain 2011 models of the Chevrolet Cruze cars with automatic transmissions made between October 6, 2009, and April 27, 2011. Approximately 100,300 cars are being targeted in this recall.
NHTSA said the shift lever may not accurately show the position of the transmission gear because of a part that may not have been properly installed. A driver could put the car in park and remove the ignition key, but the gear may not actually be in park. The agency said the driver might not be able to restart the car or the car could even roll away after the driver leaves it, creating a crash risk.
GM has not announced to NHTSA a recall notification schedule on this recall. Dealerships will inspect the transmission shift linkage and make sure it's properly installed and make adjustments if necessary.
In the final recall, about 7,600 of the 2011 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans are being recalled because the right rear brake hose may rub against the tire or wheel rim, which could cause a hole to develop in the hose. NHTSA said the effectiveness of the rear brakes could be impacted. Consumers can expect to be notified by GM about the recall by Friday.
Consumers affected by any of the recalls can call Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438 and GMC at (866) 996-9463. Consumers can also contact NHTSA at (888) 327-4236.
Just last week, GM posted its fifth consecutive profitable quarter, bringing in a first quarter net income to common stockholders of $3.2 billion.
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