Recall Central: 2013 Chevy Malibu Software, NHTSA Probe Expands to 2012 Cruze

2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze has been added to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe into engine bay fires that began after complaints regarding 2011 model year vehicles.

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The probe originally covered 177,000 vehicles, but has expanded to 370,000 units since the 2012 model year was added to the investigation, The Detroit News reports. NHTSA began its probe into the 2011 Cruze fires after two cars were destroyed from flames originating from under the hood. One owner saw slight smoke from the engine compartment before the 2011 Cruze caught on fire. The car only had 11,000 miles on the odometer. Another 2011 Cruze caught fire a week after an oil change with the owner reporting flames up to 15 feet high.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu The Problem: General Motors says that following a hard braking event during an aggressive turning maneuver, the Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM) may reset itself on certain 2013 model-year Malibu sedans. If a potential vehicle rollover event is sensed after the SDM is reset, the roof rail airbag may deploy while the airbags and/or seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy during a severe crash. If the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners fail to operate properly, the risk of injury may increase.

The Fix: GM will recall the affected Malibu sedans starting in June. Dealers will reprogram the SDM free of charge.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 4304 2013 Chevrolet Malibu manufactured from October 24, 2011 through March 31, 2012 sold before the recall was issued. GM tells us that other Malibus manufactured during that period received the software update before being sold. For more information owners can contact GM regarding safety recall campaign number 12102 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or http://www.safercar.gov/ about NHTSA campaign ID number 12V224000.

Source: The Detroit News, NHTSA

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