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Over 400,000 Chevy Cruzes Recalled

Chevy’s best-selling car model last year, the Chevy Cruze, has been recalled according to an article on CNN.com.

General Motors has recalled 413,418 Cruzes due to an engine shield that could cause a fire hazard.

A large plastic engine shield under the front of the car that protects the engine could trap oil that is accidentally spilled or dripped during oil changes. Also, in Cruzes with manual transmissions, a worn clutch can cause burning hydraulic fluid to squirt from the clutch housing. The flaming fluid can ignite the engine shield leading to a fire in the engine compartment.

GM dealers are also inspecting the welds in the rear compartment, as possibly 249 cars may have incomplete welds.

The recall includes Chevy Cruzes that were built in the U.S. between September 2010 (when the car first went into production) through May 2012.

Although there are no known crashes or fatalities, the recalls were prompted by a preliminary investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into two engine compartment fires in 2011.

Notification letters will go out to owners starting July 11.