GM to dealers: Stop selling some Chevy Cruzes

GM to dealers: Stop selling some Chevy Cruzes

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WJBK - General Motors has told dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars, but the company won't say why. The vehicles were made within a 60 day window.

"General Motors did not put out anything about this on their website or tell the media about it, they only told their dealers and let the media discover it on their own. Not sure if that's the proper way to do it," says automotive expert John McElroy. "The most specific thing that we know is it involves Chevrolet Cruzes currently made with a 1.4 turbo-charged engine. If you don't have a turbo engine don't worry about it. But it's odd that GM would stop production and stop sales and really not explain what it's all about. That tells me they're not even exactly sure."

Dealers say stop-sale orders are routine and almost always made to fix a safety problem.

The move comes as GM deals with fallout from a delayed recall of 1.6 million older small cars to fix an ignition switch problem that has been linked to 31 crashes and at least a dozen deaths.

"I don't think there's any question with this big ignition switch defect GM is not leaving anything to chance, neither is any automaker right now. We've just heard about a string of recalls from other automakers as well. No one wants to take a risk in this kind of environment. They immediately jump on it," McElroy says.

The GM CEO, Mary Barra, is scheduled to testify before Congress next week. Lawmakers in Washington are trying to figure out whether the defective ignition recall should have happened sooner since warning signs date back to 2001.

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