Recalls for 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

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NHTSA Vehicle Safety Recalls


Recall Number: 15V164000

Recall Date: 03/23/2015

Component: VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY

Problem Summary: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles October 24, 2011, to March 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the Slide or Tilt switch for the roof panel may not be adequately recessed to prevent the switch from inadvertently being pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."

Consequence: The Slide or Tilt roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed and the roof panel may auto-close unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a pinch injury.

What Owners Should Do: GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the Body Control Module (BCM) software to remove auto-close feature for certain switch positions, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15176.

Recall Number: 13V566000

Recall Date: 11/13/2013

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING

Problem Summary: GENERAL MOTORS LLC (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU VEHICLES MANUFACTURED OCTOBER 25, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 29, 2012 AND EQUIPPED WITH THE 8-WAY POWER ADJUSTABLE FRONT SEAT FEATURE. THE WIRING HARNESS FOR THE POWER SEAT MAY CONTACT THE SEAT FRAME WHICH MAY CHAFE THE HARNESS.

Consequence: IF THE HARNESS IS CHAFFED ENOUGH TO EXPOSE THE WIRES, A SHORT CIRCUIT COULD OCCUR, RESULTING UNINTENDED MOVEMENT OF THE SEAT, THE SEAT TO BECOME INOPERATIVE, SPARKING UNDER THE SEAT, FLICKERING LIGHTS, SMOKE, OR POSSIBLY A FIRE.

What Owners Should Do: GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE WIRE HARNESS AND REPAIR AND SECURE IT AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY DECEMBER 2013. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GM AT 1-800-521-7300. GM'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 13342.

Recall Number: 13V566000

Recall Date: 11/13/2013

Component: SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:POWER ADJUST

Problem Summary: GENERAL MOTORS LLC (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU VEHICLES MANUFACTURED OCTOBER 25, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 29, 2012 AND EQUIPPED WITH THE 8-WAY POWER ADJUSTABLE FRONT SEAT FEATURE. THE WIRING HARNESS FOR THE POWER SEAT MAY CONTACT THE SEAT FRAME WHICH MAY CHAFE THE HARNESS.

Consequence: IF THE HARNESS IS CHAFFED ENOUGH TO EXPOSE THE WIRES, A SHORT CIRCUIT COULD OCCUR, RESULTING UNINTENDED MOVEMENT OF THE SEAT, THE SEAT TO BECOME INOPERATIVE, SPARKING UNDER THE SEAT, FLICKERING LIGHTS, SMOKE, OR POSSIBLY A FIRE.

What Owners Should Do: GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE WIRE HARNESS AND REPAIR AND SECURE IT AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY DECEMBER 2013. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GM AT 1-800-521-7300. GM'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 13342.

Recall Number: 13V173000

Recall Date: 05/06/2013

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Problem Summary: GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 AND 2013 BUICK LACROSSE AND REGAL, AND MODEL YEAR 2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU ECO VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH EASSIST. THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH THE GENERATOR CONTROL MODULE (GCM) MAY NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY. THIS COULD CAUSE A GRADUAL LOSS OF BATTERY CHARGE AND THE ILLUMINATION OF THE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LIGHT.

Consequence: IF THE VEHICLE IS CONTINUED TO BE DRIVEN, THE ENGINE MAY STALL AND/OR THE VEHICLE MAY NOT START. IN ADDITION, THERE MAY BE A BURNING OR MELTING ODOR, SMOKE, AND POSSIBLY A FIRE IN THE TRUNK.

What Owners Should Do: GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL TEST THE GCM AND REPLACE IT, AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED A NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GM AT 1-800-521-7300. GM'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 13136.

Recall Number: 13V024000

Recall Date: 01/23/2013

Component: SUSPENSION:REAR

Problem Summary: GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED DECEMBER 6, 2011, THROUGH JANUARY 15, 2013. ONE OR MORE REAR SUSPENSION BOLTS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED TO THE SPECIFIED TORQUE. THIS MAY LEAD TO SUDDEN CHANGES IN VEHICLE HANDLING.

Consequence: SUDDEN CHANGES IN VEHICLE HANDLING MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

What Owners Should Do: GENERAL MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND RETIGHTEN THE BOLTS AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. OWNER NOTIFICATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN AND WILL BE COMPLETED SHORTLY. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GENERAL MOTORS AT 1-800-521-7300.

Recall Number: 12V484000

Recall Date: 10/04/2012

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL

Problem Summary: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Buick Regal and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with two turn signal bulbs in each front turn signal. If one of the two front turn signal bulbs burn out in either front turn signal lamp, there is no indication to the driver. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

Consequence: If the driver is not aware that a turn signal is not functioning properly, the driver may continue to drive the vehicle. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other driver's may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

What Owners Should Do: GM will notify owners, dealers will update the body control module software, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 12212.

Recall Number: 12V224000

Recall Date: 05/18/2012

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE

Problem Summary: GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 24, 2011, THROUGH MARCH 31, 2012. AFTER AN EVENT OF HARD BRAKING, THE SENSING AND DIAGNOSTIC MODULE (SDM) MAY RESET ITSELF.

Consequence: IF THIS OCCURS DURING AN AGGRESSIVE TURNING MANEUVER, AND THEN AFTERWARDS A POTENTIAL VEHICLE ROLLOVER EVENT IS SENSED, THE ROOF RAIL AIRBAG MAY UNINTENTIONALLY DEPLOY. ADDITIONALLY, THE AIR BAGS AND/OR SEATBELT PRETENSIONERS MAY NOT DEPLOY DURING A SEVERE CRASH, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.

What Owners Should Do: GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE SDM. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 13, 2012.

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