2014 Chevrolet Malibu Recalled for Brake Problem; Stop-Sale Order Issued | Edmunds

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Recalled for Brake Problem; Stop-Sale Order Issued


Just the Facts:
  • General Motors is recalling 140,067 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sedans equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and the auto stop-start option because of a brake problem.
  • GM said it sent a stop-delivery order to its dealers on May 7.
  • The recall is expected to begin on May 30.

WASHINGTON General Motors is recalling 140,067 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sedans equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and the auto stop-start option because of a brake problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Malibu recall is part of a larger recall of about 2.7 million GM vehicles announced on Thursday.

"The affected vehicles may experience a complete loss of brake vacuum assist, disabling the hydraulic boost assist," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the hydraulic boost assist is disabled, slowing or stopping the vehicle will require additional brake pedal effort and a lengthened stopping distance. Both of these effects increase the risk of a crash."

GM said it sent a stop-delivery order to its dealers on May 7, according to a document filed with the federal government.

The problem was discovered on April 24 during development testing for an upcoming model.

GM said in a statement it is aware of four crashes linked to the Malibu recall.

"But it is not clear that these are related to the condition," it said. "No injuries are known from those crashes."

The affected Malibus were built from June 12, 2013 through May 2, 2014.

Chevrolet dealers will update the electronic brake control module software. The recall is expected to begin on May 30. Owners can contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

 Edmunds says: This recall begins in about two weeks, but if you have any concerns in the meantime it's best to get in touch with your dealer.

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