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Chevy Cruze recalled amid steering concerns

The Chevy Cruze has been an important model for General Motors as the automaker returns to profitability. In a time with soaring gas prices, the Cruze has gained popularity for having good fuel economy. However, GM has recalled more than 150,000 Cruzes amid concerns that the steering shaft on the vehicles may not have been properly installed.

The 154,112 automobiles represent all of the Cruze vehicles produced at one GM plant from the beginning of production last summer to April 21. As of April 21, changes were made at the plant to prevent product defects with the steering shafts.

GM indicates that the problem with the steering shafts became known when a driver lost control of a Cruze in a parking lot. Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the incident. This recall follows a smaller recall last month.

Last month, GM recalled 2,100 Cruze vehicles due to concerns of an improperly fastened steering wheel.

GM has announced two other recalls. The automaker announced that a nut on the windshield wiper motor crank arm could come loose on 2011 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks. As a result, GM recalled 4,674 pickup trucks across the country. GM also recalled 8,723 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans due to concerns that the vehicles may encounter brake fluid leaks.

GM is quick to point out that no one has been injured because of defects in the recalled vehicles. In light of the recent Toyota recall that happened only after dozens of personal injuries and fatalities occurred, it is good to see an automaker recalling vehicles in a preventative, rather than a reactive, fashion. However, every manufacturer has the legal duty to make sure its products are safe before selling them to consumers. When a defective product makes its way into the marketplace, consumers are placed at risk.

Source: Reuters, "GM recalls 2011 Cruze cars to inspect steering shaft," Deepa Seetharaman and Bernie Woodall, 5/4/2011

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