Unstable Fuel Tanks Lead to Recall of 53,239 Chevy Cruze Vehicles

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A recall has been issued on a series of vehicles that could pose a significant threat to safety in the event of a crash situation.

The recall was announced by General Motors and concerns their Chevy Cruze vehicles of the model years 2011 and 2012.  Each of the vehicles being recalled was produced between October 2, 2009 and May 14 of this year.  A whopping 53,239 vehicles in total fall within the purview of the recall.

The potential defect exists within the fuel tank strap that is meant to hold the fuel tank in place.  Apparently, secondary brackets on this component of the vehicle are potentially missing attachment welds.  Should a crash situation occur, then the improperly secured fuel tank could become dislodged from the vehicle.  Fuel might then issue from the tank, and should an ignition source be present, a blaze could be ignited which would endanger anyone in or around the crashed vehicle.

Owners can expect to receive an alert from General Motors.  This notification should be received around July 11.  Once notification has been received, owners will be able to bring their Cruzes in to a dealer to receive a free inspection.  Should it be discovered that welds are indeed missing, then fasteners will be used to secure the brackets.  The consumer is not expected to have to pay for any of this.