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GM Stops Chevrolet Cruze Sales Due to Defective Airbags

General Motors has ordered its dealers to stop selling the Chevrolet Cruze vehicles due to potentially defective air bags. The auto manufacturer, already beleaguered by a massive recall of 2.6 million vehicles, has identified over 32,000 Chevrolet Cruzes from the model years 2013 and 2014 that may have issues with their air bags. The sale-stop order on the Chevrolet Cruze is the second one the company has placed this year. GM issued another such order in March and a recall later that same month.

Popularity of Chevrolet Cruze

Since its introduction in 2009, the Chevrolet Cruze has become one of GM’s top selling vehicles, behind only the Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Sales of the popular compact car have increased more than 18 percent over last year at this time, with nearly 120,000 vehicles sold from January to May 2014. The stop-sale order does not affect the thousands of Chevrolet Cruzes on the road now, but may lead to a recall as the company explores the extent of the problem.

Problems with the Chevrolet Cruze

The most recent incident highlights some of the past problems with the Chevrolet Cruze. Despite its popularity, the vehicle has undergone other stop-sale orders and a recall. The stop-sale order in March covered 2013 and 2014 models and was attributed to issues with the vehicle’s 1.4 liter engine. A week later, the company issued a recall on more than 175, 000 cars for a possible defect in the right front axle shaft. In June, GM issued another Chevrolet Cruze recall on 17,000 cars due to a possible short-circuit in the air bag deployment system.

Chevrolet Cruze Air Bag Manufacturer Issues

The issues with the air bags in the Chevrolet Cruze stem from parts obtained from the Japanese manufacturer Takata. The issue has also been tied to recalls from BMW, Mazda, Nissan and Honda. Toyota reportedly recalled more than 3.5 million vehicles, including more than 750,000 in the U.S., due to the air bag issue. The problem had been tied to at least three injuries in Florida and Puerto Rico, where the high humidity may have degraded a chemical in the propellant used to inflate the air bags.

Source: USA Today

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