General Motors (GM) has announced a recall of roughly 174,000 model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with a 1.4L turbo engine. On the affected vehicles, the right front half shaft may fracture and separate.
If the half shaft fractures and separates while driving, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.
Owners of the recalled Chevrolet Cruze vehicles will be notified by GM, and local dealers will inspect and replace the right half shaft, as needed, free of charge.
Parts for the recall remedy are not currently available. GM will send an interim letter to owners the week of April 28, 2014. A second owner letter will be mailed when parts are available.
For further information on this recall, contact Chevrolet toll-free at 866-694-6546. GM's reference number for this recall is 14079.
NOTE: Some vehicles affected by this recall were subject to a previous recall campaign in 2013. Some of those vehicles were repaired using defective parts. Those owners will be advised that they must have their vehicle remedied again under this campaign, and that having the earlier recall remedy completed did not fix their vehicle.