2013-'14 Chevrolet Cruze Recalled for Airbag Problem
- GM is recalling 29,019 2013-'14 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in the U.S. to fix a defective driver's airbag.
- GM told federal safety regulators it was named in a lawsuit involving a 2013 Cruze and an improperly deployed driver airbag that caused an injury to the driver.
- Chevrolet dealers will replace the driver-side airbag.
WASHINGTON — GM is recalling 29,019 2013-'14 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in the U.S. to fix a defective driver's airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, the driver's front air bag inflator may have been manufactured with an incorrect part," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's airbag, the air bag's inflator may rupture and the airbag may not inflate.
"The rupture could cause metal fragments to strike and potentially seriously injure the vehicle occupants. Additionally, if the airbag does not inflate, the driver is at an increased risk of injury."
GM told federal safety regulators it was named in a lawsuit involving a 2013 Cruze and an improperly deployed driver airbag that caused an injury to the driver.
GM spokesman James Cain told Edmunds on Thursday night that the person involved in the lawsuit suffered a "serious, but not life-threatening injury." He would not provide specifics about the injury. However, Reuters reported that the accident left a Georgia woman blind in one eye.
GM was informed that it was named in the lawsuit on May 1.
Cain said another 4,000 2013-'14 Chevrolet Cruze sedans are being recalled in Canada.
GM issued a stop-sale order on the affected Cruzes earlier this week.
Chevrolet dealers will replace the driver-side airbag. A date has not been set for the recall, although Cain said notices to owners will be prepared today. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020.
Edmunds says: This recall is expected to get started soon, so it's best to be in contact with your dealer at this point.