GM expects to recall 33,000 Chevrolet Cruzes

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GM is preparing to recall some newer Chevrolet Cruze cars for an airbag issue.

General Motors is expected to recall about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans for an airbag-related issue.

The affected vehicles may have been equipped with an incorrect part.

The automaker is preparing for the recall after it told dealerships to stop selling all Cruzes from model years 2013 and 2014 on Tuesday. It lifted that stop-sale order late Wednesday, after identifying all the affected vehicles.

The part in question was manufactured by Japanese company Takata, a supplier tied to airbag problems in millions of cars that other automakers recalled earlier this week. The Cruze problem is different than the one in those recalled vehicles, said GM spokesman Jim Cain.

The Cruze is GM's best-selling car model in the United States. It sold 248,000 last year.

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The news comes as the automaker is already in damage control mode for delaying the recall of 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition switch defect that's been tied to at least 13 deaths. Some GM employees knew the part was causing trouble more than a decade before the recall was issued in February.

Now, GM (GM) is facing dozens of lawsuits and a number of investigations concerning how it handled that recall.

The company has also issued a number of additional recalls this year for problems unrelated to the faulty ignition switch. It has recalled more than 20 million vehicles worldwide since January.

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