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Chevrolet Malibu Recall 13V024000

Bolts Securing Rear Suspension May be Loose

Suspension & Steering, January 23, 2013

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Our Quick Take:

One or more bolts securing the rear suspension components may not have been tightened properly during vehicle assembly. Loose suspension bolts can result in sudden changes in the vehicle handling characteristics.

What Should You Do?

As of this writing, General Motors has begun notifying owners of affected vehicles and this process should be completed shortly. If you are experiencing handling concerns, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call. The General Motors recall number 13008.

Summary:

The rear suspension is a collection of components that are bolted together, supporting the rear of the vehicle. During vehicle assembly, one or more bolts securing rear suspension components may not have been tightened to the correct specification. If one of these bolts were to loosen, sudden changes in the vehicle handling characteristics could result, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and re-tighten the bolts as necessary to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2013

Manufacturer's Report Date: January 23, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V024000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,519

Summary: General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles, manufactured December 6, 2011, through January 15, 2013. One or more rear suspension bolts may not have been tightened to the specified torque. This may lead to sudden changes in vehicle handling.

Consequence: Sudden changes in vehicle handling may increase the risk of a crash.

Remedy: General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and retighten the bolts as necessary, free of charge. Owner notifications have already begun and will be completed shortly. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.

Notes: This is General Motors recall number 13008. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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