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Chevy Cruze recalled for transmission, steering wheel issues

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze at the Los Angeles

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. (Credit: AP, 2009)

General Motors said it is issuing two voluntary recalls for the Chevrolet Cruze.

The car company is recalling 154,122 Cruzes to check if the steering shaft has been installed properly. The recall comes at the heels of a report last month in Minnesota, where a steering wheel became completely detached from the car while being driven. No injuries or accidents were reported.

GM will also be recalling 2,100 Cruzes with automatic transmission to inspect for proper installation of the transmission shift linkage. The automaker said that the gear the vehicle is actually engaged in may differ from what is displayed to the driver.

Neither of these recalls have been mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The compact Cruze is one of the most popular sellers for GM. Chevrolet sold 25,160 Cruzes in April -- its best sales month since the car's launch last fall.

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