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Takata Airbags Force Yet Another GM Recall

Maker also has safety issue in China; GM to announce victims’ fund.

by on Jun.27, 2014

Some 2013 and 2014 Chevy Cruze sedans are targeted by GM's latest recall.

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.

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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.


GM Recalls Over 400,000 Chevrolet Cruze Sedans

Maker cites potential fire hazard.

by on Jun.22, 2012

More than 400,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans are covered by a new recall.

It’s been a busy year for automotive safety regulators – and dealer service shops – with a growing number of makers announcing recalls including a series of problems that could potentially lead to vehicle fires.

The latest on that list is General Motors.  The Maker says it is recalling 413,418 late-model Chevrolet Cruze sedans to modify the engine shield under the vehicle.  And a small number of vehicles involved in that service action could be covered by a separate recall covering 249 vehicles that may not have had their fuel tank straps properly welded into place.

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“The most important thing for our customers to know is that we are proactively working to assure the Cruze is the safe and durable car they purchased,” said GM vice president of Global Quality Alicia Boler-Davis. “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these actions.”

The maker says it knows of no crashes, fatalities or injuries connected with either recall, though reports of two fires spurred the bigger recall.


GM Recalls 150,000 Chevy Cruze Sedans

Focus is potential steering problem.

by on May.05, 2011

Chevy recalls the new Cruze.

General Motors, which is hoping to crack the long Japanese stranglehold on the small car market, has suffered a potentially setback, the maker announcing it will recall 150,000 of its Chevrolet Cruze sedans.

The maker says it needs to inspect the vehicles to ensure their intermediate steering shaft covers were properly installed.

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Meanwhile, about 120,000 of the vehicles will also be inspected due to the possibility of a problem with the installation of their automatic transmission linkage.

The vehicles, all from the 2011 model-year, were produced at the GM assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

GM says it has no reports of any accidents or injuries connected with the problems and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has no reports or consumer complaints on file.

Nonetheless, the news is a setback for GM, which has been hoping to use the Cruze as part of its campaign to regain a presence in the passenger car market, especially in smaller, more fuel-efficient segments.