Last week General Motors asked dealers to curtail sales of Chevrolet Cruze models equipped with the 1.4L turbo four, but sales can now resume after performing an inspection.
At issue was the right front axle shaft for 171,521 2013-14 turbo Chevy Cruze models sold in the U.S., plus another 25,806 sold in Canada; GM Canada will handle the latter. According to Ward’s Auto, the Cruze’s half shaft could fracture and separate while driving, causing the vehicle to lose power and coast to a stop. If a Cruze with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, it could roll away.
General Motors says it knows of several dozen half-shaft fractures through warranty data, and it is not aware of any crashes or injuries. Of course, to customers with affected vehicles, repairs will be made free of charge.