it happened to at least one driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact car last month, and General Motors Corp. is recalling 2,100 of the cars as a result.
While the recall affects a relatively small number of vehicles, it is an unpleasant development for Chevrolet, which has been riding high on the success of its new small car. Chevrolet sold 50,205 Cruzes through the end of March. That’s well short of the 76,821 units Toyota sold of the Cruze’s main rival, the Corolla, but it is ahead of the 37,379 Cobalts Chevy sold in the same period. The Cruze replaced the Cobalt and is supposed to be a departure from that uninspired model.
In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said it traced the problem with that particular car to a case in which the wrong wheel was put in a car and replaced later in the assembly process.
GM didn’t think of changing the production process to make sure the machine used to attach the steering wheel can accommodate only the correct one until after the wheel came off this vehicle. The WSJ post has over 700 comments, nearly all negative.
The Lonely Conservative quotes,
Recently GM’s Vice President of U.S. Sales Operations touted the Cruze saying: “Vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox put us in great position to benefit from consumer’s increasing desire for fuel-efficient vehicles.”
Fuel-efficient, but deadly, somewhat like those catalytic-converted Mexican trucks I was talking about today.
TLC has video of the car,
Unsafe at any speed, to use Nader’s words.