GM S.Korea unit recalls 60,000 Cruze, Captiva models

SEOUL, March 21 Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:04am EDT

SEOUL, March 21 (Reuters) - General Motors Co's [GM.UL] South Korean unit plans to recall some 60,000 of the Chevy Cruze small car and the Captiva sports utility vehicle (SUV) in South Korea, the government and the company said on Sunday.

GM Daewoo Auto & Technology will recall 45,957 of the Captiva, which is sold as the Winstorm in South Korea, due to defects with the steering system, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs.

It is set to recall the SUVs which were made between April 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2007, the ministry said in a statement.

The company also plans to recall 12,604 of the Chevy Cruze sedan, which is sold as the Lacetti Premiere locally, due to defects with fuel supply pipes, the ministry said.

The recall applies to cars produced between Sept. 25, 2009 and March 2, 2010.

GM Daewoo officials said the Captiva and the Cruze with the same defects would be recalled in overseas markets.

"GM plans to recall the models with the problems in other countries. But every country has different rules and standards and each GM operation will decide the size and timing of recalls of those cars depending on their own situations," a GM Daewoo official told Reuters by telephone, asking not to be identified.

GM Daewoo officials declined to comment on costs of the recall. (Reporting by Cheon Jong-woo; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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