Chevy Recalls Cruze After A Steering Wheel Falls Off
Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel.http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2011/04/10/chevy-recalls-cruze-after-a-steering-wheel-falls-off/?mod=google_news_blog
It sounds like a vision from a cartoon, or every driver’s nightmare. And it happened to at least one driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact car last month, and General Motors Corp. is recalling 2,100 of the cars as a result.
I actually had this happen, I was getting on I-5 and traffic was still light back then in the late 70s.
I pushed my El Camino up to about 75 and entered the flow, five lanes and I took the center on a mile long sweeping turn.
As I hit my lane, I leaned over to roll up the window, and thats when it happened, I was rolling along leaning against the passenger door with a steering wheel in my hand.
I sat up and with a brief memory of a Laurel and Hardy movie, I started hitting the brakes, but every time I pushed, the car pulled right and closer to the wall, which is where it was already headed.
Realizing I only had about 3 seconds to do something I looked around the car, for something, anything.
Being young and never really putting tools back finally paid off, under the seat on the passenger side, I found a pair of Vice grips, I grabbed that little nut where the steering wheel used to be and breathed a sigh of relief.
Drove it like that for a week until I could find a new column.
The wheel broke off because the steering wheel I used came from a wrecked Vega, and apparently had severe metal fatigue, the friend that gave it to me said he got it from someone else that had also been in a wreck, just like he had.
Glad I wasn't next in that cursed line. :o