Barely a day after ordering the stop-sale of its popular Chevrolet Cruze model, General Motors has announced it will recall nearly 30,000 of the compact sedans because of the risk posed by improperly manufactured airbags.
It’s the latest in a string of nearly 40 recalls GM has announced in the U.S. since the beginning of the year impacting almost 18 million vehicles in its home market, and more than 20 million worldwide. In fact, the automaker’s safety woes extend well beyond North America, GM announcing it will recall nearly 200,000 Buick Excelle models sold in China due to faulty headlights.
The airbag issue at home is a serious blow to a company that has continued to insist it is struggling to put its safety issues behind it. But it also raises new concerns about the capabilities of one of the world’s largest suppliers of the supplemental inflatable restraints, Takata Corp., which has been responsible for a number of other recent recalls – even as it deals with issues related to bid-rigging and price-fixing.