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.


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      mbukukanyau
      • 5 Months Ago
      Wow, the haters are out in force. GM is on a deliberate scorched earth policy of selling nothing with any potential for recalls. This is being proactive and a good cultural change move. There is more GM cars on the road in America than any other manufacturers, and they are still top sellers. They have problems, and they are taking care of them. Now you go buy your perfect import.
        Big Squid
        • 5 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        More and more people are doing exactly that.
          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Big Squid
          YEAH!! That must be true and that is what is causing GM's sales to go down this year! Oopsie - their sales are UP by more than the industry average - guess you have a bad case of 'comment fail' ...
        Healthy Chap
        • 5 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Culture change, no. PR damage control, yes. I've heard the former being thrown around too many ******* times regarding GM to believe it in any way.
      Koenigsegg
      • 5 Months Ago
      pure quality
        yonomo200
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        pure troll
          churchmotor
          • 5 Months Ago
          @yonomo200
          LOL, when you got banned today, them missed this account. You have so many yonomo200 accounts, it's hard for them to keep track.
      churchmotor
      • 5 Months Ago
      LOL
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 5 Months Ago
      Fail.
      tenspeeder
      • 5 Months Ago
      Good Lord When will it end and there are still unsold 2013s?
        AB
        • 5 Months Ago
        @tenspeeder
        It will not end. All of this is driven by economics of "making" cars. I write "making" because companies like GM, Fiat/Dodge, Ford, etc. no longer make cars in the traditional sense where they build everything from scratch, they "assemble" from components made by contractors. "Just in time" changed the game. As in this case, the air-bag assembly is not made by GM. A contractor makes these and when GM and others are squeezing their contractors for cost , the first thing to go is "quality". This is not new and should not be a surprise to anybody. Fixing this is a delicate matter. You can certainly levy penalties onto the "assemblers" which will pass the buck onto the component contractors. Squeeze too hard and the contract that you need goes belly-up. Squeeze too little and nothing will change. Maybe the solution is to standardize certain key components and have the "assemblers" cooperate with each other to engineer these issues out of existence with the contractors.
          Julius
          • 5 Months Ago
          @AB
          That's not a 100% fix, either. Note that a common-engineered part is to blame for the recent Toyota/Honda airbag recall as well.
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Good.Prevention is better than cure.
      cruzer
      • 5 Months Ago
      I own a 2013 Cruze and haven't even gotten my first recall fixed yet because they say they don't have the part in...hope I don't have a recall on this too...
      mikeybyte1
      • 5 Months Ago
      Sounds like a smart move by GM. They suspend sales on all cars until they can identify which ones are impacted. Then once they know which ones are impacted they resume sales and recall those that need to be fixed. This approach may have ended up saving lives. But haters will hate. And no, I am not a GM fanboy. Have never even owned a GM product. But compare these actions by GM to what they did with burying the ignition defect. Kudos to them for doing the right thing and putting safety first.
      msnova47
      • 5 Months Ago
      It would behoove a good journalist to point out that the suspected part was made in China along with millions of others involved in recalls by Japanese and American manufacturers.
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