GM has issued two separate recalls for their 2013-2014 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan. The 2014 model was redesigned in response to heavy criticism from the automotive press and potential customers. In all, approximately 57,605 vehicles will be affected by the latest Chevy recall.
The first recall involves the 2013 Malibus that were equipped with the optional power front seats. It has been determined that the wiring harness could rub against the seat frame over an extended period of time and usage, causing the wires to be exposed. If this were to occur, it could cause a short circuit, which could increase the risk of “sparking, flickering lights, melted wiring, smoke or a fire.” Although there have been two reported instances of a fire, there have not been any reported accidents or injuries.
The second recall is for the redesigned 2014 Malibu that was produced from June 12, 2013, through November 5, 2013. GM has concluded that the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) controls may only be operable intermittently whenever the vehicle is started, which may prevent the windshield defroster from working properly. This may increase the risk of an accident, if the windshield is not clear enough to safely operate the vehicle.
In both GM recalls, the Chevrolet technicians will inspect the components. In the 2013 Malibu recall, they will repair and secure the wiring harness, and in the 2014 Malibu recall, they will update the electronic climate control module software, both at no charge. For more information, or to schedule a service appointment, owners can contact their local Chevrolet dealership.
Sources: Consumer Affairs and Chicago Tribune
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