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Feds Question Recall Fix in GM Vehicles, Including 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco


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Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA is questioning the adequacy of a recall of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco and 2012-'13 Buick Regal and LaCrosse eAssist vehicles for generator control module fires.
  • The query involves 42,904 vehicles that were recalled last May because the engine may stall and/or the vehicle may not start and there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke and possibly a fire in the trunk.
  • A GM spokesman told Edmunds that the automaker is continuing to execute the recall and is cooperating with NHTSA in responding to its questions.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is questioning the adequacy of a recall of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco and 2012-'13 Buick Regal and LaCrosse eAssist vehicles for generator control module fires.

The query involves 42,904 vehicles that were recalled last May because the engine may stall and/or the vehicle may not start and there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke and possibly a fire in the trunk.

"GM's recall notification to the Office of Defects Investigation stated that, prior to the recall decision, a service procedure was applied to unsold vehicles which involved stressing the generator control module under extreme conditions to identify potential (generator control module) non-conformities," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem.

"According to the recall notice, dealers are to perform this screening process on a certain population of vehicles and/or, if necessary, replace the generator control module. However, prior to the recall notification, GM was informed of a fire in a vehicle that previously had the service update performed, thus drawing into question whether or not the procedure can effectively identify a defective generator control module."

NHTSA said it has opened a recall query — basically a challenge to the adequacy of a recall — "to investigate whether or not the service procedure is sufficient in identifying the safety defect in the subject vehicles."

GM spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds on Tuesday that the automaker is aware of the recall query.

"We are continuing to execute the recall that began in May and we are cooperating with NHTSA in responding to its questions," Adler wrote in response to an e-mailed query. He also said there were no injuries associated with the fire reported last year.

The recall began in June. Owners can contact GM at 1-800-521-7300.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned GM vehicles, make sure you take it into the dealership for the recall fix. Then the wait will begin to see if any further action is necessary following this new recall query by the feds.

Comments

  • ircharlie ircharlie Posts:

    Hmmm! Never received a recall notice, which was sent in June. I bought the car on the last day of May, so I may not have been in their database by then. Car was in dealership in February, and presumably was tested. Car was later recalled for another issue, possible defective wiring under the driver's seat. Dealer took care of that (I hope) at no charge. Am I a skeptic? Yes. I had a 2007 Chevrolet Impala where the rear tires slanted to the point where they wore on the inside and a car behind me followed me until he could tell me about it. There WAS a recall (I received no notice), but only for police cars of that same model. I had previously replaced the tires for that problem, but was not made aware of the defect. I was told they could not adjust the alignment, so the dealer told me he drilled holes somehow to allow alignment. Whatever they did didn't work because the tires were again wearing on the inside. Of course, the police cars were repaired. Their lives were presumably more important.

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