WASHINGTON - General Motors is recalling 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in North America from model years 2013 and 2014 due to faulty airbags built by Japan's Takata.
The new and used vehicles -- about 29,000 in the United States and the rest in Canada -- are among those that GM ordered to stop selling earlier this week.
Potentially faulty airbags manufactured by Takata, which could rupture and propel debris inside a car, had already triggered the recall of millions of vehicles around the world, many of them Toyotas.
"We are in the process now of launching the recall to repair the vehicles in customer hands," GM spokesman Jim Cain told AFP, stressing the company "immediately" stopped sales of the vehicles after learning of the problem.
"The stop sale was just a precautionary measure while we evaluated how many vehicles were impacted."
Cain had previously explained that some of the cars "may be equipped with a suspect driver's air bag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part."