The Heater & A/C System May Not Work
Heating & Air Conditioning, November 13, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) may not work at times.
What Should You Do?
General Motors will notify owners beginning December 6, 2013. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The General Motors recall number is 13380.
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is referred to as the HVAC system. These vehicles are being recalled because when starting the vehicle the HVAC system may not work, preventing the windshield from defrosting when necessary. This could adversely affect driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the HVAC control module software to correct this concern.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
November 13, 2013
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
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Potential Number of Units Affected:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through November 5, 2013. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control in these vehicles may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems."
The inability to turn on the windshield defroster may decrease the driver's visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic climate control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 6, 2013. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13380.
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.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration