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article imageChevy Cruze caught in airbag recall

By Joe Duarte     Jun 26, 2014 in Technology
Detroit - It appears the worldwide airbag recall involving some 10.5 million vehicles may claim another victim, as General Motors prepares to recall about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruzes equipped with potentially defective airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata.
Late June 24, 2014, GM issued a stop order on 2013-2014 Cruze sales and is expected to file an official recall notice with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) within days.
GM says the problem is not related to the ongoing recall of Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota models around the world, which is rooted in degradation of the chemical propellant that causes airbags to inflate. In that recall, the airbag deployment unit may explode, spraying shrapnel into the cabin. In the Cruze recall, the issue is with the driver’s side airbag not deploying at all in a crash situation.
“Certain vehicles may be equipped with a suspect driver's airbag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part,” stated GM spokesman Jim Cain. “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.”
GM says that many of the 33,000 Cruzes are on the road. The company has built about a half million Cruzes worldwide and the model is GM’s top selling car in North America.
Earlier in 2014, GM had recalled about 21,000 Cruze sedans from model year 2012 for airbags that didn’t inflate due to electrical problems. The company introduced the Takata “smart” steering wheel airbag in the 2013 Cruze, and is not aware of any incidents or injuries in its ongoing investigation.
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