GM dealers stop selling some Cruze sedans with Takata air bags

Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:18pm EDT
 
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By Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co GM.N on Wednesday told its North American dealers not to sell an inventory of about 33,000 new and used Chevrolet Cruze sedans from model years 2013 and 2014 because of a potential problem with air bags made by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp 7312.T.

Potentially faulty air bags supplied by Takata have led to the recall of about 10.5 million vehicles worldwide, many of them made by Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T and Honda Motor Co 7267.T.

GM said about 33,000 Cruze sedans "built with the suspect part supplied by Takata" are in dealer hands, most of them in the United States and Canada. The automaker has not recalled the 2013-2014 Cruze sedans in consumer hands and said it does not yet know whether there have been any crashes, injuries or deaths related to this issue.

GM said late on Wednesday that Chevrolet dealers will be able to start selling "most Cruzes" again on Thursday, outside the 33,000 with the potentially faulty part.

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

For model year 2013, GM introduced a new Takata "smart" driver-side air bag on the Cruze which the automaker said helps reduce the risk of injury in crashes.

On Wednesday, GM said, "Certain vehicles may be equipped with a suspect driver's air bag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part."

Production of Cruze sedans continues at GM's plant in Lordstown, Ohio, a GM spokesman said.   Continued...

 
The General Motors logo is seen outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan August 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Jeff Kowalsky