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General Motors is recalling more than 100,000 vehicles after crash tests found potentially dangerous fuel system vulnerabilities.
The Warren, Michigan-based manufacturer sent a safety recall report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on May 10, 2018 stating they will recall 111,966 2016-2018 Chevrolet Cruze LS vehicles built between Nov. 9, 2015 and May 1, 2018. The specific affected vehicles are those equipped with tire inflator kits instead of a spare tire.
GM conducted crash testing on March 19, 2018 using a new, pre-production 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS gas-engine sedan variant equipped with a tire inflator kit. Engineers observed solvent leakage following a 54 mile per hour crash exceeding the maximum levels allowed by federal motor vehicle safety standards.
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Those results made GM’s Potential Investigation Review board open an investigation of similarly equipped 2016-2018 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles in the field. Investigators found no field incidents. However, further crash testing at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds found more solvent leakage, leading the manufacturer to issue a recall on May 3, 2018.
GM will notify owners and dealers will install a lock-ring on the fuel tank that will shield the fuel tank vapor pressure sensor from damage in a rear-impact crash for free. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 18159. GM owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to assist you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.