GM recalls nearly 29,000 Chevrolet Cruzes; faulty air bags can injure passengers
General Motors Co. is recalling more than 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because metal parts in the air bag assemblies can hit the driver and passengers if the bags are inflated.
The cars, from the 2013 and 2014 model years, were built with an incorrect baffle, and that can cause the air bag inflator to rupture if the bags are deployed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. If that happens, metal fragments could hit people in the car, and the air bags may not inflate to protect them.
The air bags were built by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp., but the problem is different from another air bag issue that’s causing big recalls across the auto industry, the safety agency said Thursday.
GM found out about the problem on May 1, when a driver filed a lawsuit naming the company, according to documents filed with NHTSA. The lawsuit alleged that an air bag in a 2013 Cruze deployed improperly and injured the driver.
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