2012-'13 Buick LaCrosse, Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco With eAssist Recalled


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    General Motors is recalling 38,197 2012-'13 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles with eAssist because of a possible defective generator control module. | May 07, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • General Motors is recalling 38,197 2012-'13 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles with eAssist because of a possible defective generator control module that could lead to engine stall and a fire in the trunk.
  • GM knows of two trunk fires but no injuries or crashes related to this condition, said Alan Adler, a GM spokesman in an e-mailed message to Edmunds.
  • NHTSA said GM has not yet provided a date for the recall.

WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 38,197 2012-'13 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles with eAssist because of a possible defective generator control module that could lead to engine stall and a fire in the trunk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM knows of two trunk fires but no injuries or crashes related to this condition, said Alan Adler, a GM spokesman in an e-mailed message to Edmunds.

"These vehicles may have a condition in which the generator control module (GCM) may not function properly," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "This could cause a gradual loss of battery charge and the illumination of the malfunction indicator light. If the vehicle is continued to be driven, the engine may stall and/or the vehicle may not start. In addition, there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke, and possibly a fire in the trunk."

GM said: "The issue is the potential overheating of the circuit boards in the generator control module, but it does not involve the eAssist battery."

GM said it is aware of generator control board incidents, most of which have occurred within the first 1,000 miles of operation. Vehicles built after December 2012 are not part of the recall.

GM dealers will test the generator control module and replace it, as necessary. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners can contact GM at 1-800-521-7300.

Edmunds says: With no notification date set at this point, the best thing to do is to contact your dealer regarding this recall.

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