General Motors Co. is recalling its popular Chevrolet Cruze sedans in order to modify the under engine shield so that flammable liquids are not trapped in the engine compartment. The automaker said on Friday that the recall would affect 475,418 vehicles and covers 2011 and 2012 Cruze sedans built at GM's Lordstown, Ohio plant from September 2010 to May 2012.
413,418 of the affected vehicles were sold in the U.S., 61,299 in Canada, and 701 in Israel.
Cruze models sold elsewhere in the world that were made at plants other than the Lordstown one don't have the same design and it is not believed that they have the same issue. However, 10,000 Cruze sedans sold by GM's Australian unit could be affected and the issue is being looked into.
The affected models have an engine shield with the potential to trap engine fluids, which raises the risk of a fire.
According to GM, no crashes or injuries have been reported in relation to the issue. Owners of the affected vehicles will begin receiving notifications about the recall in mid-July. It will take about a half hour at a Chevy dealership to fix the issue.