After almost a week of suspended production, the Chevrolet Cruze will begin rolling off the line again Sunday evening. Workers at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio plant were instructed to return to work starting with Sunday’s third shift at 23:00.
The issue that caused the interruption in production was a faulty strut from mega-supplier Magna International that caused a popping-like noise at low speeds. After discovering the problem, GM tried several fixes of the struts by itself at the Milford Proving Grounds but was unsuccessful.
Whether certain Cruzen were released to market with the defective strut components is still unknown. General Motors was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
The GM Authority Take
We’re glad that this has been taken care of and that production of the highly-demanded Cruze will resume tonight. If we were betting men, we’d wager that the week-long suspension will not affect December inventory/sales as much as those of January; and if that’s the case, a few strategically-placed doses of overtime production can easily correct that.
Furthermore, it’s important to remember that it’s quite normal for manufacturing facilities and production lines to receive various course corrections — including temporary stops and starts. In other words, “Keep Calm and Carry On.“