2013 Chevrolet Malibu
The Problem: Some nuts in the rear suspension of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu may not have been torqued correctly. Initially this could cause suspension noise and some wayward handling; as the bolts become looser over time, they could eventually give way and cause what General Motors terms “sudden changes in vehicle handling” that could lead to a crash. GM says it has no reports of crashes or injuries resulting from this issue.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the rear suspension bolts and rear alignment bolts, and torque them to the correct specification. Some cars with excessive problems may need a full re-alignment.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 8519 2013 Chevrolet Malibu sedans built between December 2011 and January 15, 2013.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze, Sonic; 2012 Buick Verano
The Problem: The dual-stage driver’s airbags in these cars have a “shorting bar” that, if installed correctly, will occasionally touch the terminals for the airbag’s primary stage. In this case, the airbag wouldn’t fire during a crash, potentially increasing the risk of injury.GM says it has no reports of crashes or injuries resulting from this issue.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the airbag coils in the steering wheels of affected cars, free of charge.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 717 2012 Buick Verano sedans, 3925 2012 Chevrolet Cruze sedans, 1774 2012 Chevrolet Sonics, and 429 2012 Chevrolet Camaros.
2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe
GM also announced that the Pontiac Vibe is included in a Toyota recall of the Matrix hatchback. The recall concerns faulty airbags. The Vibe was built by Toyota,but GM will perform the recall repairs once it can secure the necessary parts from Toyota.
Sources: GM, NHTSA