Relatively inexpensive and compact, the Chevrolet Cruze is meant to be the perfect starter vehicle for young consumers. Unfortunately for those consumers, the Cruze has experienced its fair share of problems. In 2012, General Motors recalled approximately 413,418 Chevrolet Cruzes from the 2011 and 2012 model years due to engine shields that could have caused liquids to become trapped in the engine compartment, posing a fire hazard. At the time, the recall affected every single Cruze from those model years sold in the United States. The problems with the Chevrolet Cruze line of vehicles didn’t end there.
This past February, more than 1,900 model year 2012 Chevrolet Cruzes were recalled due to a potential problem with the shorting bar in the front driver’s side airbag. The potential problem could have prevented the airbag from deploying during an accident. Now, General Motors is facing even more problems with Chevrolet Cruze models. This week, the automaker is recalling almost 293,000 Chevrolet Cruze models due to potential problems with the power brake boosters. The brake boosters could fail, causing some drivers to have to put more pressure on the brakes than normal.
The current recall affects Chevrolet Cruze models from the 2011 and 2012 model years that have “1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and 6T-40 six-speed automatic transmissions,” according to CBS News. The recall only affects Chevrolet Cruze models that were manufactured at General Motors’ plant in Ohio. The brake issue has caused about 27 low-speed crashes, but no injuries have been reported due to the issue.
General Motors dealers will replace a microswitch in the power brake vacuum pipe assembly to repair the cars. This brake repair will be of no cost to the owners of the recalled Chevrolet Cruze vehicles.