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Fire risk forces GM to recall Chevrolet Cruze compact cars

GM says Chevy Cruze fires happen when fluids drop onto a plastic shield, ignite

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DETROIT – The risk of engine fires is forcing General Motors to recall its Chevrolet Cruze compact cars.

WDIV-TV reports GM says the fires happen when fluids drip onto a plastic shield below the engine and ignite. GM knows of 30 fires caused by the problem. No injuries have been reported.

Dealers will cut the shield to let the fluid drain to the pavement. GM says most of the fires were caused by spills during oil changes that weren't cleaned properly. Cruzes with worn-out manual transmissions also can leak fluid.

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---The risk of engine fires is forcing General Motors to recall its Chevrolet Cruze compact cars

The recall covers cars built from September of 2010 through May of 2012.

The Cruze is key because it has improved GM's small-car sales. The company has a history of poor-performing compacts.