Shanghai General Motors invited the Physical and Chemical Research Center of Science and Environmental Analysis to carry out tests of the body of the 1.6 L automatic Cruze, which was said to contain excess levels of electromagnetic radiation. The results state that radiation levels fall comfortably within Chinese and international standards.
Consumers were worried when hearing the rumors that certain models of Chevrolet Cruze produced dangerous levels of radiation, more specific, the automatic transmission in the Cruze 1.6 emitted excessive levels of electromagnetic radiation.
The tests’ results found that the model emitted just 0.4µT, while Chinese and international standards say that up to 100µT of electromagnetic radiation is safe for humans.
It is not known how these rumors started, but they panicked a lot of people since the Cruze is very popular in China (22,711 units sold in January 2012, and 221,196 during the entire 2011). The car is sold in China with three different engines, a 1.6-liter inline-four with 115 to 119 hp; a 1.8-liter inline-four with 145 hp; and a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with 181 hp. The base engine comes with either five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions, and the 1.8 and turbo come exclusively with a six-speed automatic.