GM recalls 475,000 Chevy Cruze vehicles due to fire concern

— Engine fires are forcing General Motors to recall the Chevy Cruze, a popular model that has helped GM win back small-car buyers.

The recall covers 475,000 vehicles made from September 2010 through May 2012.

The fires can break out when fluids drip onto a hot plastic shield below the engine. The problem occurs mainly when oil is spilled and not properly cleaned up during oil changes, General Motors said Friday.

The company knows of 30 fires caused by the problem, but no injuries have been reported, spokesman Alan Adler said.

GM will notify owners starting July 11 about when to bring cars to local dealers for repairs, which are free and should take about 30 minutes. Dealers will fix the problem by cutting the plastic shield to let the fluids drain to the pavement, GM said.

Bob Taylor Chevrolet in Collier County has likely received the recall notice but the service manager wasn't available to provide an estimate of how many local customers might be affected, said Rodney Nettles, general manager of the dealership on Airport-Pulling Road.

"I'm sure we have. It's pretty normal stuff," he said, adding: "It's been a great model."

Officials at Victory Layne Chevrolet in Fort Myers couldn't be reached.

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