General Motors (GM), the biggest US automaker, is preparing to recall about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles worldwide over an airbag defect, the company announced Wednesday.
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 US safety regulators, GM spokesman Jim Cain said.
In a crash, the driver-side air bag on the 2013-2014 Chevy Cruze could fail to inflate, GM said. Introduced in 2009, the Cruze is GM’s top-selling car and its No. 2-selling vehicle of any kind after the Chevy Silverado pickup truck.
On Tuesday, the automaker told car dealers in the US and Canada to stop selling 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruzes because of defective air bags made by the troubled Japanese air bag supplier Takata.
“We are working diligently with the supplier of the defective part to identify specific vehicles affected and expect to resume deliveries by the end of this week once those vehicles are identified,” Cain said in a statement. “Certain vehicles may be equipped with a suspect driver’s air bag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part.”
GM’s stop-sale order is the latest setback for the carmaker, which has already issued 44 recalls this year covering about 20 million vehicles globally.
Earlier this week, Japanese automaker, Honda, also announced that it had recalled over 2 million vehicles worldwide over an airbag defect that could pose a fire risk. The airbags of Honda’s cars were also manufactured by Takata.
About 10.5 million vehicles have already been recalled globally over the past five years by different automakers due to problems with air bags made by Takata.