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VIDEO: Chevrolet Cruze Steering Wheel Falls Off; Detachable Steering Wheel Not an Option Wanted from Chevy

Tue April 12 2011 8:39 am
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SAINT PAUL PARK, Minn. – While driving this new 2011 Chevy Cruze 65 mph on Highway 10, the steering wheel fell off. The car swerved to a stop just before hitting the guardrail.

Last year people accused a driver of making up a story about a Toyota with a stuck accelerator.

General Motors is recalling 2,100 Chevy Cruze sedans from model year 2011, after a steering wheel on one vehicle came loose at 65 mph in Saint Paul Park, Minnesota. The defect apparently occurred because the steering was improperly installed. If future incidents occur while a vehicle is being driven, it could lead to a crash. No injuries or accidents have been tied to the steering issue.

GM says it believes this is an isolated problem. On the particular vehicle involved, the wrong steering wheel was installed at the assembly line, the error was discovered, and the correct steering wheel was attached — but incorrectly.

Chevrolet says it has changed the production process to make sure the machine used to attach the steering wheel can only accommodate the correct steering wheel. The company is recalling cars that were built before it made the change to the assembly process.

Dealers will inspect the steering wheel to make sure it is properly attached free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before April 8, 2011. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438.

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