Chevrolet Malibu Recall: Faulty Ventilation and Fire Risk Problems

By | November 15, 2013
General Motors is announcing two recalls to fix potential safety problems in the Chevrolet Malibu sedan. The first recall involves certain 2014 model year Malibus that may suffer from faulty ventilation systems. In the second campaign, 2013 Chevrolet Malibus are being recalled because the wiring beneath the seats may catch fire. The 2014 recall is the largest, affecting over 42,000 Chevrolet Malibu models in the U.S. In this recall, the computer that controls the ventilation system can revert to an earlier setting. This is particularly a problem if the driver wants to activate the defrost feature. If the defrost feature is inaccessible, the driver won't be able to see clearly out of the vehicle in poor weather, obviously creating a safety hazard. GM's other Chevrolet Malibu recall, affecting almost 15,000 models, is the result of faulty wiring. According to the automaker, the wires in Malibu cars equipped with eight-way power front seats can rub against the seat frame. This can wear away the circuit's insulation, leading to a short circuit. GM says this problem can cause sparkling, flickering, melting, smoke, and even fire. Apparently, two fires have resulted from the faulty wires, although no injuries have occurred. Source: GM
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