General Motors is recalling certain 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic models due to a defect in the driver's airbag system. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the airbag has a shorting bar which may contact two internal terminals. If that happens during a crash, the supplemental restraint may not deploy, increasing the risk of driver injury. The recall includes a total of 2,949 units.

GM will contact owners and replace the steering wheel airbag coil at no cost. At this point, it's unclear when the recall will begin, though owners may contact the automaker at 1-800-521-7300 for more information. You may also take a closer look at the full NHTSA notice below.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

Manufacturer: General Motors LLC Report Receipt Date: OCT 31, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V522000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,949

General Motors is recalling certain model year 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.

If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.

General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.

This is General Motors recall number 12261. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Made it all the way to Wednesday this week without a GM recall. Their quality is improving!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not keeping count, but propably this is the fifth recall of the CRuze!!. Good Job Cruze!, and thanks for Pulling down GM quality and cutting the Malibu sales by half:)
        • 2 Years Ago
        The car has some of the worst warranty numbers in GM history. It is an Opel/Daewoo joint venture. It never stood a chance. The new Malibu is cutting Malibu sales by itself, though. MCE cannot come fast enough for that car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It choice is clear, buy American to avoid recalls. Oh, wait. Since that doesn't hold true guess you have to move on to the next best excuse "at least they're doing the right thing by recalling the vehicle." The ever popular line for domestic recalls. If it was a foreign car, then the company sucks and they should die. lol.
      Nancy Dixon Deming
      • 1 Year Ago
      We have a 2012 Chevy Cruise. Have had it for 3 months and love the gas mileage. My husband drives about 500 miles a week and gets between 42 and 47 miles per gallon. All depends on where he puts gas in. We are having an issue with the rear end swaying. They say that one of the tires were bad, The dealer is replacing it and hope that is the end of the problem. We are very happy with the Cruise.