2013 Chevrolet Malibu Recalled for Loose Suspension Bolts


  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Front 3/4

    2013 Chevrolet Malibu Front 3/4

    General Motors is recalling 8,519 2013 Chevrolet Malibus because one or more rear suspension bolts may not have been tightened properly. | January 31, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • General Motors is recalling 8,519 2013 Chevrolet Malibus because one or more rear suspension bolts may not have been tightened properly.
  • GM told Edmunds on Thursday that no crashes or injuries have been associated with the Malibu recall.
  • Dealers will retighten the bolts.

WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 8,519 2013 Chevrolet Malibus because one or more rear suspension bolts may not have been tightened properly, which could lead to sudden changes in vehicle handling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Sudden changes in vehicle handling may increase the risk of a crash," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem.

GM told federal safety regulators that "initially, a noise and a minor handling effect may be noticed. As the condition progresses, sudden changes in vehicle handling could occur and the driver may not be able to control the vehicle, particularly at higher speeds."

GM told Edmunds on Thursday that no crashes or injuries have been associated with the Malibu recall.

The affected vehicles were built from December 6, 2011 through January 15, 2013.

Dealers will retighten the bolts. GM said in some cases, a rear alignment adjustment may be required. GM said owner notifications have already begun and will be completed shortly. Owners can contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned 2013 Chevrolet Malibus, this is a problem you'll want to address immediately.

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