That ignition problem is not going away for Government Motors anytime soon. Real question is going to be how long did they know about it, and was it passed along to the “Car Czar” during the period had the controlling interest over the car company.
General Motors has halted the sale of about a third of the Chevrolet Cruzes now on dealer lots. The Cruze is GM’s best selling car model in the United States, and is also widely distributed internationally.
Spokesman Alan Adler confirmed that the automaker has ordered a halt to sales of models with the 1.4-liter turbo engine, the most popular version of the compact car.
Adler did not know the reason for the halt, and said there has not been a recall issued on cars already sold. The order applies to about 20,000 Cruzes in total.
The news comes as GM contends with a damaging recall of 1.6 million small cars worldwide due to an ignition switch flaw that has been linked to at least 12 deaths. This stop order is minor in comparison to that recall, but comes at a bad time, as Congress and federal prosecutors probe why GM did not recall the cars for a decade after it discovered the problem. GM CEO Mary Barra, who has apologized repeatedly for the delays in the recall, is due to testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
The Cruze has been in the Chevrolet fleet since about 2008 or so. It replaced Chevy’s previous compact car, the Cobalt.
The model has sold nearly 2 million worldwide since it was introduced.