This GM Car’s 8th Recall Comes as NHTSA Cracks Down
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been in crackdown mode all year. This week, the NHTSA announced it will require automakers to make recalled vehicles searchable by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the future, and GM’s (NYSE:GM) Chevy Cruze stands to figure prominently in searches. The AP reports the automaker is recalling nearly 300,000 cars wearing the Cruze emblem.
The news outlet reports the issue with the Cruze is related to failing brakes in the compact sedan, an issue said to have been behind 27 crashes, none of which resulted in injuries. The Cruze has been a big success for Chevy and GM, ranking ninth in the list of best-selling cars in July, and twelfth for all of 2013 through July. GM has sold over 160,000 Cruze vehicles already this year. However, the car has also been topping recall lists.
The AP reports that NHTSA figures have the Cruze on its eighth recall following the announcement of the brake issues. Previous recall issues have involved problems with air bags, the fuel tank, the transmission, and the car’s steering. The affected models have a 1.4-L turbocharged gas engine and 6T40 transmission, and are 2011 and 2012 versions of the Cruze that were assembled in Ohio. The NHTSA’s new system will make the reporting of such recalls easier for consumers to locate.