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GM Stops Sales Of 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze: What's Affected?

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If you're looking to take home a new Chevy Cruze, you might be out of luck for a few extra days; GM [NYSE: GM] has issued a stop-sale of the popular compact sedan—meaning essentially that no further deliveries can be made until are inspected and repaired as necessary.

The issue, reportedly concerning a fracture-prone right front axle shaft, hasn't been associated with any injuries; but it could be a potentially dangerous issue—as while there would still be steering and braking control, according to GM, the vehicle would lose power delivery and coast to a stop.

GM advises that the issue could also cause affected vehicles to move unexpectedly when parked on an incline without the parking brake applied.

It affects 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans with the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine—in all, 171,521 vehicles, plus 2,525 parts that were already used to fix recalled manual-transmission models. And according to GM spokesman Alan Adler, the issue only affects about one third of the Cruze models currently on dealer lots in the U.S. and Canada.

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Although the Cruze had a rough start in the U.S. with several high-profile recalls in 2011, the model has established a good reputation in reviews and from the market at large--especially when equipped with the 1.4T engine, in versions that are affected by this stop-sale.

The recall, as well as a separate recall announced Friday to inspect full-size trucks for a potential issue with the transmission oil cooler line, comes at an especially difficult time, when the spotlight remains on the automaker over its ignition-related recall woes.

Contact your dealer to see if your Cruze is affected by the recall. Otherwise GM says that dealerships can resume selling Cruze models as soon as they're inspected or repaired, with about 70 percent of models with the automatic transmission needing no repair.

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