WASHINGTON - General Motors is issuing two separate safety recalls affecting model-year 2011 Chevrolet Cruzes.
The first recall affects more than 100,300 Cruzes manufactured from Oct. 6, 2009 through April 27, 2011 that are equipped with an automatic transmission. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cars may have been built with a transmission shift linkage that was not properly installed. As a result, the PRNDL shift lever may not accurately reflect the true position of the transmission gear. This poses the risk that the driver could move the shifter to park and remove the ignition key when the transmission gear isn't actually in park.
To remedy the problem, dealers will inspect the transmission shift linkage to make sure it was installed correctly. Any necessary adjustments will be made free of charge.
The second Cruze recall affects nearly 129,000 Cruzes manufactured from Oct. 2, 2009 through April 21, 2011. The bolt attaching the intermediate steering shaft to the steering gear input shaft may not have been properly installed. This could allow the shafts to separate, resulting in the loss of steering.
To remedy this problem, dealers will make an inspection and perform any necessary repairs to the intermediate shaft/steering gear assembly to ensure the bolt is fully seated and the shaft properly assembled. There will be no charges for this services as well.
Vehicle owners can reach Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438.