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GM dealers told to stop selling trucks until air bags are fixed

The 2015 Chevy Colorado
The 2015 Chevy Colorado

General Motors Co., already reeling from a record number of vehicle recalls this year, is halting sales on two new pickup truck models after discovering an electrical flaw that could cause the air bags to misfire.

The issue affects an undisclosed number of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsized pickups.

The air bags were wired incorrectly, which will disrupt the firing process, the company said in a statement.

“GM is working to validate the correction for the condition,” Alan Adler, a spokesman for the Detroit-based automaker, said in the statement. “Once that service procedure is released to dealers, customer deliveries can resume.”

The largest U.S. automaker is trying to move beyond a year in which it has recalled almost 30 million cars and trucks in North America. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra faced four separate congressional hearings over the handling of an ignition-switch recall now tied to 23 fatalities.

GM is preparing to conduct a safety recall, meaning it will notify U.S. regulators and repair the vehicles for free. The company doesn’t know of any crashes, injuries or fatalities connected to the error, Adler said.

Customers are being notified by overnight letter as well as being contacted by phone to bring their trucks to a dealer as soon as possible, Adler said. Free loaner vehicles will be provided.

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