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Chevy Recalls 4,300 New Malibus

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On: Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 10:17AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chevy Recalls 4,300 New Malibus

If you happen to have just picked up your new 2013 Malibu, you might want to check just when your car was manufactured. If it was between October 24th of 2011 and March 31st of 2012 you should probably give Chevy a call to have it checked out.

In the General's most recent recall, 4,304 Malibus were called back to the factory due to some software issues with the car's Sensing and Diagnostic Module. The SDM may reset itself which may ultimately result in the roof rail airbag deploying without warning. Another nasty side effect could prevent the air bags from deploying and the seat belt tensioners from retracting  during a crash, which could cause serious injuries.  

GM has said it will begin the free recall this week, and fix the SDM free of charge. Read on for the full report.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Chevrolet / Malibu2013
Manufacturer:General Motors LLC
Mfr's Report Date:May 17, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V224000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Electrical System: Software
Potential Number of Units Affected:4,304


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.


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.


GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the SDM. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on June 1, 2012.


GM’S safety recall campaign number is 12102. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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