In the past few months, GM has recalled a number of its vehicles, including popular models by Chevrolet and Buick, because of malfunctions and defects. Recently, the auto-giant issued a major recall of more than 42,000 2014 Chevrolet Malibus, the company’s highly popular mid-sized sedan. GM issued the warning to Malibu owners, whose vehicles were made in 2013, upon learning that the HVAC control might, on occasion, become inoperable.
A faulty HVAC control can cause the windshield defroster in a vehicle to malfunction, and this defect can lead to visibility problems for a driver on a frosty night and increasing the potential for a crash. In the wake of this announcement, owners have been asked to contact the dealers who may update the electronic control software for free.
Chevrolet has also had to recall the 2013 model year Malibu for defects in the 8-way power adjustable seat mechanism. There is a possibility that the wiring harness might chafe against the seat harness and cause wires to become exposed. The exposed wires can in turn lead to short circuits, smoke, and fire. As part of the recall, GM will inspect and repair the harness free of charge.
Unfortunately for the car giant, and its customers, seat issues have not been limited to the Malibu. The Chevrolet Silverado has also been the subject of a recall surrounding seat issues. 2014 Silverado models with manual front seats may fail to meet federal safety standards, moving when the vehicle is struck from behind during a collision. GM dealers can examine the seats and carry out the necessary modifications.
Chevrolet Camaro Coupe
GM has also found defects in its 2013 and 2014 Camaro coupes. In some of the vehicles the airbag warning on the sun visor is likely to peel off, leaving drivers and passengers unaware of the dangers of airbag deployment. GM is asking car owners to inspect their visors and dealers have been asked to replace defective visors.
Manufacturing defects have also led to the recall of General Motors’ Chevy Sonic. In over 1,500 of these 2013 and 2014 model cars, the front fuel tank strap bracket was improperly welded and may separate from the vehicle. This increases the risk of fuel leak and fires.
GM is also recalling over 3,000 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles made in 2013. In some of these cars, the right front shaft of the manual transmission may fracture and break. If this occurs when the vehicle is in use, it is likely to lose power, coast along, and stop. If the car is parked when the fracture occurs, the vehicle may unexpectedly move, increasing the risk of accidents.