UPDATE 4-GM prepares to recall some Cruze sedans with Takata air bags

Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:07pm EDT
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(Updates first paragraph with automaker saying "preparing to recall" instead of "stop-sale", adds details in first seven paragraphs)

By Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert

DETROIT, June 25 (Reuters) - General Motors Co is preparing to recall about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans with potentially defective air bags made by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp, the automaker said late Wednesday.

In a crash, the driver-side air bag on the 2013-2014 Cruze could fail to inflate, GM said.

The issue is not directly related to other problems with Takata air bags that have led to the recall of about 10.5 million vehicles worldwide, many of them made by Honda Motor Co and Toyota Motor Corp, including 3 million earlier this week.

With the Cruze, 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" with U.S. safety regulators, GM spokesman Jim Cain said.

GM expects to file an official recall notice "soon" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Cain said.

GM earlier this year recalled 21,000 Cruze sedans from model year 2012, also equipped with Takata air bags that could fail to inflate in a crash because of electrical problems.

GM on Wednesday had initially advised its North American dealers not to sell new and used Cruze sedans on their lots. Later in the day, GM said "many" of the 33,000 affected cars are in customers' hands, and the rest with dealers.   Continued...