Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Cruze courtesy of General Motors.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Cruze courtesy of General Motors.

GM is recalling 29,019 2013-2014 model-year Chevrolet Cruze sedans so that dealers can replace the driver-side air bag, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Earlier this week GM sent North American dealers a stop-delivery order on the vehicles, citing potential safety problems with the air bags.

General Motors joins seven other automakers in recalling vehicles because of potentially defective air bag inflators manufactured by Takata Corp. The other automakers are Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Ford, Chrysler and BMW, which collectively are recalling millions of vehicles on a global scale.

During a crash, these air bag inflators might rupture and release metal fragment debris into the air. If this occurs, vehicle occupants are at risk for serious injury. What’s more, occupants are also at risk for injury if the air bag fails to inflate during a crash, NHTSA said.

The driver's front air bag inflator in the Cruze vehicles may have been manufactured with an incorrect part, NHTSA said. GM dealers will replace the air bag free of charge.

GM’s number for this recall is 14305. Cruze owners can reach Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. 

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet