General Motors, itself troubled by the ongoing record of recalls that started with the mishandling of recall of 2.6 million cars equipped with defective ignition switches, is now set to join the other big safety crisis of the year – the Takata airbag recalls.
According to the US automaker, an order to stop selling Chevrolet Cruze sedans has been issued to dealers, as the company also prepares a recall notice for around 33,000 2013-2014 model year Cruze sedans.
The recall has not been issued yet, as General Motors is still investigating the root cause of the problem, which affects the driver-side airbag of the model. The potentially defective part is made by the troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp, although it looks like GM’s problem is only indirectly related to the 10.5 million vehicles recalled so far – mainly by Japanese automakers.
GM is “moving quickly to identify the vehicles involved, and other facts, including whether there are any accidents or injuries, all of which will be shared,” said spokesman Jim Cain. He added that airbags on a number of 2013-2014 Cruze sedans “may have been assembled with an incorrect part.”
The 33,000 vehicles identified expand on an earlier year recall of 21,000 Cruze sedans made for the 2012 model year, in which the Takata made airbags failed to deploy because of electrical issues. GM said that many of the vehicles are already in possession of customers, while some remained on dealer lots.