GM recalls nearly 29000 Cruzes to fix air bags – USA TODAY
General Motors is recalling 29,019 Chevrolet Cruzes from the 2013 and 2014 model years because of air bags built with an incorrect part by supplier Takata.
These are among the Cruzes GM ordered dealers to stop selling earlier this week.
“All ’13s and ’14s Cruzes were involved in the stop-sale,” GM spokesman Jim Cain said in an e-mail. “The stop-sale order was lifted for most vehicles late yesterday (Wednesday) after we matched parts list to VINs.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of the Cruzes have a driver air-bag inflator built with an incorrect part that could cause the inflator to rupture during a deployment.
In a crash, this may cause air-bag components to separate and be propelled inside the car, possibly striking occupants. It’s also possible the air bag may not inflate in case of a crash.
This problem is unrelated to the defective ignition switches at the heart of GM’s February recall of 2.6 million small cars from last decade, which has been tied to 13 deaths, more than 50 crashes, four investigations and the firing of 15 employees by CEO Mary Barra.
Barra has used the crisis to name Jeff Boyer head of global safety, get more directly involved with decisions to recall vehicles and raise the urgency with which all GM employees treat safety matters.
On May 1, GM was told it was sued in a case involving a driver of a 2013 Cruze who was injured when the air bag deployed, according to a NHTSA document, which also stated GM told NHTSA about the problem on May 27.
All the recalled Cruzes are covered under GM’s new-vehicle warranty. GM will notify the affected owners, and dealers will replace the drivers’ air bags.
Nearly 10 million vehicles with Takata air bag have been recalled since 2008. The Tokyo-based supplier with offices in Auburn Hills, Mich., was involved in a recalls of about 3.6 million vehicles made by Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Toyota and BMW.
Separately, documents released Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee included a series of e-mails between employees of Delphi Automotive, the supplier of the defective ignition switches in the February GM recall, and GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio. DeGiorgio is among the 15 employees Barra fired, in his case, for telling Delphi to make a change in the ignition switch without changing the part number.
Some of those e-mails have been turned over to a federal grand jury, according to a stamp at the bottom of several pages.