DETROIT -- General Motors told U.S. and Canadian dealers to temporarily halt delivery on Wednesday of some 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans because of a potential problem with airbags supplied by Takata Corp., hampering sales of the automaker's top-selling car amid an end-of-the-month sales push.
Some of the cars may have a "suspect" driver's-side airbag inflator module, according to a stop-delivery order sent to Chevy dealers nationwide on Tuesday and obtained by Automotive News. GM expects to file an official recall notice "soon" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, spokesman Jim Cain said.
About 33,000 cars may be affected. In a crash, the airbag could fail to inflate, GM said.
The stop-sale order was lifted late Wednesday after the specific vehicles were identified. GM is working on a likely recall of those cars, according to a person familiar with the process who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Bloomberg reported.
The issue is not directly related to other problems with Takata airbags that have led to the recall of about 10.5 million vehicles worldwide, many of them made by Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., including 3 million earlier this week.
With the Cruze, GM is "moving quickly to identify the vehicles involved, and other facts, including whether there are any accidents or injuries, all of which will be shared" with U.S. safety regulators, Cain said.