(Adds update from GM on stop-sale order)
By Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert
DETROIT, June 25 General Motors Co on
Wednesday told its North American dealers not to sell an
inventory of about 33,000 new and used Chevrolet Cruze sedans
from model years 2013 and 2014 because of a potential problem
with air bags made by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp
Potentially faulty air bags supplied by Takata have led to
the recall of about 10.5 million vehicles worldwide, many of
them made by Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co
GM said about 33,000 Cruze sedans "built with the suspect
part supplied by Takata" are in dealer hands, most of them in
the United States and Canada. The automaker has not recalled the
2013-2014 Cruze sedans in consumer hands and said it does not
yet know whether there have been any crashes, injuries or deaths
related to this issue.
GM said late on Wednesday that Chevrolet dealers will be
able to start selling "most Cruzes" again on Thursday, outside
the 33,000 with the potentially faulty part.
The Cruze is GM's top-selling car in North America. GM has
built about half a million 2013-2014 model year Cruze sedans
since October 2012.
For model year 2013, GM introduced a new Takata "smart"
driver-side air bag on the Cruze which the automaker said helps
reduce the risk of injury in crashes.
On Wednesday, GM said, "Certain vehicles may be equipped
with a suspect driver's air bag inflator module that may have
been assembled with an incorrect part."
Production of Cruze sedans continues at GM's plant in
Lordstown, Ohio, a GM spokesman said.
In a separate action involving Takata air bags, GM in May
expanded an earlier recall of the 2012 Cruze and several other
models because air bags might not deploy in crashes because of
an electrical problem. The expanded recall covered 38,636 cars,
all from model year 2012, including the Buick Verano, the
Chevrolet Sonic and the Chevrolet Camaro.
The new stop-sales order on the Cruze follows a series of
safety-related problems that have plagued GM since early this
year, many of them because of air bag-related issues.
So far this year, GM has issued 44 recalls covering about 20
million vehicles globally. Among those recalls is one for older
model Chevrolet Cobalt and other GM small cars with faulty
ignition switches, which have been linked to the deaths of at
least 13 people.
The stop-sales order for Cruze was first reported by
(Additional reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by
Chris Reese, Steve Orlofsky and Cynthia Osterman)