General Motors announced it is recalling 112,000 Chevrolet Cruze models for a potential fuel leak issue in the event of a rear impact crash.
The recall only affects one specific model of Cruze: 2016-2018 model year Cruze LS vehicles with a tire inflator kit rather than a spare tire. Internal GM testing found a major rear impact crash could cause the fuel tank to leak after the vehicle’s vapor pressure contacts the crumpled rear floor pan. Cruze models with the spare tire are not at risk for the fuel leak; the tire properly shields the fuel tank should a rear crash occur.
The automaker has already announced a fix for the issue and GM said it has no knowledge of incidents related to the recall. Dealerships will install a lock ring to cover the vapor pressure sensor to prevent the possibility of a leak. The fix will be completed at no charge to owners.
It’s unclear when GM will begin notifying affected owners, but the automaker has also issued a stop-sale for affected Cruze LS models at dealerships.