On May 5, General Motors LLC issued two separate recalls for certain Chevrolet Cruze vehicles for defects that relate to the transmission and steering, according to SaferCar.gov.
The first recall affects approximately 100,000 Cruze vehicles manufactured between October 2009 through April 2011 that are equipped with an automatic transmission and possibly an improperly installed transmission shift linkage. If the linkage is not installed properly, the PRNDL shift lever may not reflect the transmission gear’s position accurately. As a result, a driver may be able to move the shifter into park and remove the ignition key, but the transmission gear may not be in park. If this occurs, a driver may not be able to restart the vehicle, which could roll away and result in an accident.
Close to 129,000 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles from model year 2011 are affected in the second recall. For these vehicles, the bolt that attaches the steering gear input shaft to the intermediate steering shaft may not have been installed properly. As a result, the shafts may separate, and a driver may lose control of the steering wheel, which increases the risk of an accident.
For both recalls, dealers will inspect the vehicles, and if necessary, adjust the shift linkage system or repair the intermediate shaft/steering gear assembly, free of charge. Vehicle owners with questions may contact Chevrolet by calling 1-800-630-2438 or visit http://www.gmownercenter.com.
If you have purchased a vehicle in California which has needed to be repaired multiple times for a defect that affects its use, value, or safety, the vehicle could be a lemon. To learn whether your vehicle qualifies for coverage under the California lemon law, contact Howard D. Silver, Los Angeles lemon law attorney, by calling (855) 341-2611 today.