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IT’S NOT A PINTO, BUT …

General Motors (a.k.a. “Government Motors”) is recalling nearly half a million of its Chevy Cruzes built at a union manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio. The defective vehicles will require a modification in their under engine shields to prevent flammable liquids from being trapped within the engine compartment.

We don’t speak “Grease Monkey,” but we assume that’s bad … in fact, yeah, it sure looks bad.

The recall covers all 2011 and 2012 Cruze models manufactured between September 2010 and May 2012 at the Ohio facility – or more than 413,000 cars sold in the United States and another 62,000 cars sold in Canada. That’s the entire domestically produced fleet, in other words.

It’s the second time in as many years that GM has had to recall every single U.S.-made Cruze. Last May, GM had to recall 154,000 Cruzes for steering and transmission problems.

Ironically, the latest recall comes just days after local politicians and press in Lordstown kissed the ring of the retiring regional union boss.

UPDATE: If you want to keep up with the very latest on the Cruze recall and other automotive  news, follow Nick Bunkley (of Automotive News) on Twitter.

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