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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Recalled for Fire Risk


Just the Facts:
  • General Motors is recalling 14,909 2013 Chevrolet Malibus in the U.S. to fix a defect with a wiring harness that could lead to a fire risk.
  • The recall affects 2013 Malibus with the eight-way power front seat and passenger seat option.
  • In a separate action, GM is recalling 42,696 2014 Chevrolet Malibus because the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning controls may not operate properly.

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 14,909 2013 Chevrolet Malibus in the U.S. to fix a defect with a wiring harness that could lead to a fire risk, the automaker said on Friday.

The recall affects 2013 Malibus with the eight-way power front seat and passenger seat option.

"In certain vehicles, the wiring harness may wear against the frame," GM said in a statement provided to Edmunds. "If this happens, the insulation of a circuit on the wiring harness may become worn through to the conductor and a short to the grounded seat frame may occur.

"Depending on the circuit, this may result in an open circuit breaker, unintended movement of the seat, sparking, flickering lights, melted wiring, smoke, or a fire in an unattended vehicle."

GM said it is aware of two unattended fires that extinguished on their own. It said there are no known crashes or injuries associated with the defect.

GM Spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds that the automaker is not advising consumers to park the affected Malibus outside until they are repaired.

"We're not recommending that," Adler said. "It's a rare incident. You may get a short, but not a fire."

Chevrolet dealers will inspect and repair the wiring harness, if necessary. GM has not specified a date for the recall.

In a separate action, GM is recalling 42,696 2014 Chevrolet Malibus because the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning controls may not operate properly when the vehicle is turned on.

"If the HVAC control is not operating, the system will revert to the setting selected when the vehicle was last driven," said GM. "If that setting was not defrost mode, it cannot be selected and the driver may be unable to clear the windshield, which could lead to decreased visibility."

GM said it knows of no crashes, injuries or complaints due to the defect. GM has not specified a date for the recall.

Chevrolet dealers will reprogram the HVAC control module.

No information on either recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.

Owners can contact GM at 1-800-521-7300.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned Malibus and are experiencing a problem with the car, it's best to get it into your dealership. But others should wait for their formal recall notice.

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