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GM prepares to recall some Cruze sedans with Takata air bags


(Reuters) - General Motors Co is preparing to recall about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans with potentially defective air bags made by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp, the automaker said late Wednesday.

In a crash, the driver-side air bag on the 2013-2014 Cruze could fail to inflate, GM said.

The issue is not directly related to other problems with Takata air bags that have led to the recall of about 10.5 million vehicles worldwide, many of them made by Honda Motor Co and Toyota Motor Corp, including 3 million earlier this week.

With the Cruze, 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 U.S. safety regulators, GM spokesman Jim Cain said.

GM expects to file an official recall notice "soon" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Cain said.

GM earlier this year recalled 21,000 Cruze sedans from model year 2012, also equipped with Takata air bags that could fail to inflate in a crash because of electrical problems.

GM on Wednesday had initially advised its North American dealers not to sell new and used Cruze sedans on their lots. Later in the day, GM said "many" of the 33,000 affected cars are in customers' hands, and the rest with dealers.

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, Cain said that Takata air bags on some 2013-2014 Cruze sedans "may have been assembled with an incorrect part."

Production of Cruze sedans continues at GM's plant in Lordstown, Ohio, he said.

The latest issues with the Cruze follow 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.

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jnjbeery June 26 2014 at 6:48 AM

Just more JUNK from Government motors , why anyone would buy there products is beyond me.

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Jeff Reitnauer June 26 2014 at 11:55 AM

Maybe if they made their own parts in America they might not have so many recalls.

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carlo246 Jeff Reitnauer June 26 2014 at 3:09 PM

They used to manufacture parts in the U.S. and had a great reputation for world class quality. Then corporations got greedy and deserted the American workers for greater profits.

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weiden.germany Jeff Reitnauer June 27 2014 at 5:56 AM

Carlo: Maybe the Unions got greedy. Why did they need to get bailed out???? Pension and medical benefits getting out of reach???

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cardiacbuzz June 26 2014 at 2:00 PM

No jobs---no domestic manufacturing---outsourcing---inferior parts/testing---recalls---recalls---inferior parts/testing---outsourcing---no domestic manufacturing---no jobs.

.......and the wheels go 'round and 'round.

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kruzwitme June 26 2014 at 11:49 AM

why buy parts made in china?

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sghenry4 June 26 2014 at 1:25 PM

Oh, look how we've improved. We're on top of things and now pushing out more and more recalls faster than ever before. Obviously, you haven't addressed your systemic product development, engineering, validation and supplier quality issues.

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fbirchrun June 26 2014 at 4:17 PM

china has plants here in the U.S.( one is at saginaw, mich! make,s many parts for GM

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carlo246 fbirchrun June 26 2014 at 4:27 PM

Not sure what your point is. I say U.S companies manufacture the best products. Its good for our country and workers to buy American.

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weiden.germany fbirchrun June 27 2014 at 5:59 AM

And most likely their year end profits are not taxable?
Just like Apple's quarterly and year end profits are NOT US taxable.

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Michelle June 26 2014 at 9:10 AM

Chrysler take GM. It is time!!!!

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Aaron Michelle June 26 2014 at 4:44 PM

Lol Chrysler went bankrupt twice, so thier now owned by FIAT. If GM goes bankrupt again, who will buy them?

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weiden.germany June 27 2014 at 5:49 AM

With all of these GM recalls the US will need to bail them out again.

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rentview June 27 2014 at 1:31 AM

Just Americans ,putting in Japanese parts….we should not make anyting here. Let them keep selling our products in the rest of the world. We need Canadians and Chinese doing our work and managing. Their governments don't fine us and they send their families to fight our wars as we try and convert the world

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daddyoramsey June 27 2014 at 12:49 AM

old GM, new GM it's all the same. Rustbuckets in the 70's, powertrain disasters in the 80's, quality problems forever, and the WORST styling in the industry. Buy elsewhere

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Buzzy daddyoramsey June 27 2014 at 1:53 AM

That may have been true once, but I think they are actually building some pretty decent vehicles now, if you stay away from their cheap $h_itboxes with the ignition problems. BTW they are not the only manufacturer with quality issues. Maybe you should google "TOYOTA RUST or HONDA TRANSMISSIONS".

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