The problem that has forced General Motors to issue a stop-sale notice for the Chevrolet Cruze is a "suspect driver's airbag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part", according to spokesman Jim Cain. The airbag is supplied to Chevrolet by Japanese company Takata.
"We are working diligently with the supplier of the defective part to identify specific vehicles affected and expect to resume deliveries by the end of this week once those vehicles are identified," Cain said.
The fault is reported to affect more than 33,000 cars in North America, with 2013 and 2014 models affected.
A Holden spokesperson provided the following statement regarding any potential stop-sale.
"We are aware that GM North America has ordered a stop sale of Chevrolet Cruze 2013/14 model year cars due to a potential airbag fault.
"Holden is immediately reviewing whether this has any impact on the Holden Cruze.
"Safety is our first priority and we will contact our customers directly, as soon as possible, regarding relevant information on this matter if any action is required after the local investigation is finalised," the statement said.
It's the second stop-sale involving the US Cruze this year. The brand announced a similar measure earlier this year after a fault was found with the 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder engine, which was followed by a recall.
The Holden Cruze was recalled in Australia earlier this year for an unrelated fault, with 2712 vehicles affected.