After an event of hard braking, the airbag control module (sensing and diagnostic module, or SDM) may reset itself. If this occurs during an aggressive turning maneuver, and if a potential vehicle rollover is sensed, the roof rail airbag may inadvertently deploy. Additionally, the airbags and/or seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy during a severe crash, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will reprogram the SDM to correct this concern. The General Motors recall number is 12102.
Chevrolet Malibu Recalls
The shifter cable adjustment may become dislodged. This may cause the vehicle to show that it is in "Park," when it could actually be in another gear. If this happens, the vehicle may move and not be secure. Dealers will inspect the shift cable adjustment clip to make sure it is fully engaged, and will replace any shift cables that cannot be secured. The General Motors recall number is 09041. The recall began on March 24, 2009.
Chevrolet has recalled certain 2006 Malibu vehicles because the tire label lists an inappropriate size for the spare tire. The label lists a 15-inch spare, when it should be a 16-inch rim. Chevrolet has mailed out replacement labels to affected owners.
GM has recalled certain 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, Oldsmobile Alero, and Pontiac Grand Am vehicles because the accelerator may stick in hot temperatures, which can increase the risk of an accident. Dealers will inspect the accelerator pedal arm and replace the accelerator and brake pedal assembly.
Chevrolet has recalled certain 2004 Malibu vehicles because the anti-lock brake system (ABS) could process information erroneously. If this malfunction occurs, additional stopping time may be needed. Dealers will reprogram the ABS controller.
Chevrolet has recalled certain 2004 Malibu vehicles because the driver's side outboard seat belt anchor may fail in a collision. Dealers will insert a retainer on both front seat outboard seat belt anchorages.
Chevrolet is recalling 2004 Mailbu vehicles because the label that appears on the sun visors regarding the restraint system does not comply with federal standards and may inappropriate for the vehicle. Chevrolet has mailed replacement labels for the sun visors to owners.
GM has recalled 2000-2001 Chevrolet Malibu, Oldsmobile Alero, and Pontiac Grand Am vehicles because the turn signals and hazard lights may fail. This may increase the risk of a collision. Dealers will replace the hazard warning switch.