General Motors has issued an immediate stop-sale order on 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans due to concerns over an issue with the popular compact's airbags. The stop-sale was issued in a notice sent to dealers which has been obtained by Automotive News.
It's unclear how many examples of the compact sedan could be affected right now, although according to the notice, some of the cars may have "suspect" inflator modules on the driver's-side airbag.
"The inflator module may have been assembled with an incorrect part," the notice reads. It's not specifically mentioned what this incorrect part could do to the airbag system. Dealers have been told to halt all deliveries of new and used models until the totality of the situation can be confirmed.
"We are working diligently with the supplier to identify the parts in the affected vehicles so we can resume delivery," GM spokesman Jim Cain told Automotive News. As of right now, it's not clear whether a recall will be issued for affected cars.
This is the second stop-sale issued for the Cruze this year. The last incident, which focused on turbocharged models, led to a recall of 172,000 units from model years 2013 and 2014 over worries that the half-shafts could fracture. For those keeping score at home, if this develops into a full-scale recall, it'd be number 45 of 2014.
We'll stay with this story as it develops.
UPDATE: 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans could be affected by the the "suspect" part, GM spokesman Jim Cain told Autoblog via email.
UPDATE 2: According to an anonymous source within GM, the 33,000 affected vehicles have been identified and the stop-sale order has been lifted. The company is moving toward a recall.