GM Halts Sale of 1,579 New Trucks, Cars Over Defect Concern
General Motors has ordered dealers to stop selling 1,579 pickups and cars in the U.S. because the driver's side air bag may not deploy correctly in a crash.
A recall of those new Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Malibu is in the works to replace to replace driver-side front airbags. Until the fix comes through, though, GM doesn't want any of them to be sold.
GM emphasized that the defect is not related to the ongoing recall of millions of air bags made by industry supplier Takata of Japan.
In GM's case, the fear is that the second stage of the airbag may not deploy properly under some conditions in high-speed crashes. The defect was discovered during a routine quality inspection, GM said, when it was found that the component needed for the second stage of inflation was missing from the assembly process.
There have been no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue, GM says.
This article originally appeared on USA Today.