UPDATE 1-GM tells dealers to stop selling Cruze sedans on air bag issue – Reuters


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By Bernie Woodall

DETROIT, June 25 (Reuters) – General Motors Co on
Wednesday said that it has told its North American dealers to
stop selling new and used Chevrolet Cruze sedans from model
years 2013 and 2014 because of a potential problem with the air
bags.

The Cruze sedans are equipped with air bags supplied by
Takata Corp, a GM spokesman said. Potentially faulty
airbags supplied by Takata have led to the recall of about 10.5
million vehicles worldwide, many of them made by Toyota Motor
Corp and Honda Motor Co.

GM has not at this point recalled the Cruze sedans in
consumer hands and is investigating how many vehicles have a
faulty part for the air bags, said a GM spokesman.

The company said it does not yet know whether there have
been any crashes, injuries or deaths related to this issue.

The Cruze is GM’s top-selling car in North America. GM has
built about half a million 2013 and 2014 model year Cruze sedans
since October 2012.

The stop-sales order follows a series of safety-related
problems that have plagued GM since early this year. So far this
year, GM has issued 44 recalls covering about 20 million
vehicles globally. Among those recalls is one for older model
Chevrolet Cobalt and other GM small cars with faulty ignition
switches, which have been linked to the deaths of at least 13
people.

“Certain vehicles may be equipped with a suspect driver’s
air bag inflator module that may have been assembled with an
incorrect part,” said a GM statement.

The stop-sales order for Cruze was first reported by
Automotive News.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Chris Reese and Steve
Orlofsky)

UPDATE 1-GM tells dealers to stop selling Cruze sedans on air bag issue – Reuters

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