In the continuing story of General Motors’ woes, Chevrolet is preparing to recall around 33,000 2013 Cruze sedans due to an issue with an airbag module that may have been made with an incorrect part. In an accident, the airbag may fail to inflate.
The pool of affected cars are a mix of new and used vehicles, and vehicles already in customers’ possession. General Motors 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” with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other federal regulators, according to NHTSA spokesman Jim Cain.
The airbags were supplied by Takata Corporation, whose airbags have recently been involved in a recall of over 10 million vehicles, mainly built by Japanese manufacturers. However, the Chevrolet Cruze issue is completely separate from the others.
“We’re disappointed to have a stop sale on our most popular car, just when we felt like we were getting some momentum,” Martin NeSmith told Automotive News. NeSmith owns two Chevrolet-Buick-GMC dealerships in Georgia.
For now, dealers are required to keep new and used 2013 and 2014 Cruzes on their lots and not deliver them to customers “until further instructions are received … in the near future,” according to a notice generated by General Motors.
Adds NHTSA’s Cain, “We are working diligently with the supplier to identify the parts in the affected vehicles so we can resume delivery.”