Vehicles Affected: In two separate actions, GM is recalling 57,605 model-year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sedans. The vehicles recalled include 42,696 model-year 2014 vehicles manufactured between June 12, 2013, and Nov. 5, 2013, and 14,909 model-year 2013 vehicles manufactured between Oct. 25, 2011, and June 12, 2012. In the latter recall, the affected sedans are equipped with an eight-way power adjustable front seat.
The Problem: In the larger recall, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning control may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working; this could decrease the driver's visibility and cause a crash. GM said it is unaware of any accidents, injuries or complaints resulting from the problem. In the smaller recall, the wiring harness for the power adjustable front seat may contact the seat frame, which may chafe the harness; this could expose wires, resulting in unintended movement of the seat, inoperability, sparking under the seat, flickering lights, melted wiring, smoke or a fire. GM said it is aware of two unattended fires that extinguished on their own resulting from the problem, but no crashes or injuries have been reported.
The Fix: In the larger recall, GM will begin notifying owners Dec. 6 and dealers will update the electronic climate-control module software for free. In the smaller recall, GM will begin notifying owners in early December and dealers will inspect the wire harness, and repair and secure it as necessary for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-521-7300, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.