GM has told dealers in the US and Canada to stop selling some Chevrolet Cruze cars due to a potential problem with the airbag.
It said the driver’s side airbag in the affected cars may not deploy properly, due to a wrong part being used.
The part was supplied by Japan’s Takata Corp. A defective part from Takata is already the subject of a major global recall by various car manufacturers.
But General Motors said its issue was not related to a defective part.
GM has told dealers in the US and Canada to stop selling some Chevrolet Cruze cars due to a potential problem with the airbag
Jim Cain, spokesman for GM, was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying that the affected Cruze cars “may have been assembled with an incorrect part”.
The recent moves by various car makers to recall million of cars globally were triggered by the use of a defective part rather than a wrong one.
On Monday, Japanese carmakers Honda and Nissan added two million and 755,000 vehicles respectively to the recall they issued last year to replace the defective part.
Toyota, the world’s biggest car maker, recalled an additional 650,000 cars earlier this month to address the issue, taking its total recall tally due to the problem to nearly 2.8 million vehicles.
For GM, the latest move has added to the issues it has faced this year.
The company has recalled more than 17 million cars in the US this year – more than it sold in 2013.
The recalls have been issued due to various problems including faulty ignition switches, possible faulty seat belts, transmissions and air bags, as well as potential fire issues.
In May, GM was fined $35 million for failing to address defects with the ignition switches which have been linked to 13 deaths.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Board (NHTSA), it was the single highest civil penalty ever levied as a result of a recall investigation.
GM has also raised its expected second-quarter charge for recall expenses to $700 million, up from $400 million.
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General Motors has halted sales of some models of the popular Chevrolet Cruze car.
The giant carmaker did not give details of the reasons behind its move, which affects models with 1.4 litre turbo diesel engines.
The move comes at a time when GM is facing criticism over its handling of a recent recall of 1.6 million vehicles to fix faulty ignition switches.
GM issued that recall last month, but has admitted that some employees knew about the issue as early as 2004.
General Motors has halted sales of some models of the popular Chevrolet Cruze car
The faulty switches could turn off the engine and disable airbags.
GM has linked the issue to 12 deaths. But a report by the Center for Auto Safety has put the number at 303 – a figure that the carmaker has disputed.
The delay in recalling the vehicles has triggered two congressional enquiries against the firm.
Mary Barra, the new chief executive of GM, is scheduled to testify to both chambers of Congress next week on the issue and why it did not recall vehicles earlier.
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General Motors has decided recall almost half a million Chevrolet Cruze to reduce the risk of fire.
It plans to modify Chevrolet Cruze sedans, a popular model, so that flammable liquids are not caught in the engine, General Motors said.
The recall affects 475,418 cars sold in the US, Canada and Israel that were assembled in Lordstown, Ohio, between September 2010 and May 2012.
General Motors has decided recall almost half a million Chevrolet Cruze to reduce the risk of fire
GM said no crashes or injuries have been reported over the issue.
Recall notices are due to be sent out to Cruze owners in mid-July and the company estimates it will take about half-an-hour at a Chevrolet dealership to fix the problem, which has to do with the car’s engine shield.
Cars of the same model built at other GM plants are not thought to have the same problem, the spokesman added, although its unit in Australia is investigating whether 10,000 cars sold there could be affected.