Earlier this week, General Motors issued a stop-sale order to all Chevrolet dealers for the 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan after discovering a possible defect with the car’s Takata-supplied front airbag module. A GM spokesperson told us that, after working with Takata to identify which vehicles were affected, the stop-sale has been lifted for most unsold Cruze models in stock, and the company will soon issue a plan to repair vehicles already in customers’ hands.
This defect is unrelated to the recent expanded recalls of Nissan, Honda, and Mazda vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, as the Chevrolet Cruze uses a newer Takata-supplied airbag that's different than the airbags in those affected older models. This Cruze defect is reportedly related to an issue during assembly that may have resulted in an incorrect part being installed in the airbag inflator module. The number of Cruze models in dealer inventory affected by the stop-sale totaled around 33,000, and this number included both new and used inventory of 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans.
We expect GM to issue a recall for the Chevrolet Cruze models potentially affected by this airbag defect in the near future, as some Chevrolet Cruze models already sold to customers may be affected by the same issue. Stay tuned to hear about this developing story.