— It started with an investigation into fires in the 2011 Chevy Cruze, but now safety officials say the 2012 model year needs to be looked at as a potential fire trap.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was already investigating the 2011 models after two Cruze owners reported their cars were destroyed by fires.
The investigation is looking into the possibility that the fires were caused either by wires overheating or with a module that controls the transmission.
One person who complained said the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames within five minutes of the driver seeing smoke pouring from the engine compartment.
The investigation into the 2011 model covered about 176,000 vehicles, but now the total is closer to 400,000 with the inclusion of the 2012 Cruze.