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Chevrolet Cruze Recalled for Takata Airbags, 29,019 Models Affected

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/27/2014 Conner Golden

196 Nissan Leaf EVs, 5675 Ford F-150s Also Recalled

GM is the latest automaker affected by faulty Takata airbags, and has released information on a new recall to address driver’s side airbags on 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze models. In other recall news, Ford is recalling some F-150 pickups for steering issues, while Nissan is recalling a handful of Leaf EVs for bad motor control units.

2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze

2014-chevrolet-cruze-diesel-front-side-motion-view© Provided by MotorTrend 2014-chevrolet-cruze-diesel-front-side-motion-view The Problem: For certain 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze models, the driver's side front air bag inflator might have been manufactured with an incorrect part. In the event of a crash and subsequent airbag deployment, the airbag inflator may rupture, causing the airbag to not inflate properly. The failure of the airbag inflator could result in the ejection of sharp metal shards, which run a chance of causing serious harm to the occupants of the vehicle. This recall is just one in a series of many from multiple automakers, as a direct result of manufactured defects in millions of airbags from original supplier Takata.

The Fix: GM will contact affected owners, and direct them to the nearest GM dealer for a free drivers-side airbag replacement.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: This recall affects 29,019 2013 and 2014 Cruze models.

2014 Nissan LEAF© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan LEAF

2014 Nissan Leaf

The Problem: A defect within the motor control circuit board may cause the inverter to fail, which causes the Leaf to shut down. If this occurs while the Leaf is in motion, the chance of a crash increases.

The Fix: Nissan will contact owners, and replace the inverter free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 7, 2014.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 196 model-year 2014 Leaf EVs manufactured between April 15, 2014 and April 24, 2014 are affected by this recall.

2014 Ford F 150 XLT© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ford F 150 XLT

2014 Ford F-150

The Problem: According to Ford, the electronic power assist steering gears (EPAS) has a misaligned motor position sensor magnet incorrectly installed by the supplier. Only 260 of the total number affected have been delivered. The rest remain in transit or are on dealer lots.

The Fix: Dealers have been told to cease sales and demonstration drives until the fix is implemented. Owners are instructed to contact their local Ford dealer immediately for a free component replacement and installation. No injuries have been reported due to this defect.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 5675 2014 Ford F-150s are affected.

Source: NHTSA, Ford

2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS

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