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Recall 16V151000

Front And Rear Side Impact Air Bags Fracture Upon Deployment

Recall Details

The studs that mount the front and rear side impact air bags have welds that may fracture upon air bag deployment. Dealers will replace the side air bag modules free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The welded studs that mount the front and rear side impact air bags may fracture and separate if the air bags are deployed. This could result in the air bags moving out of position during deployment and cause increased risk of occupant injury.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Chevrolet must be performed by a General Motors dealership. General Motors will notify known owners of affected vehicles (a timetable for this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local General Motors dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The General Motors recall number is 31820.

Body, Interior & Misc., March 11, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 11, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
3,137
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V151000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2016 Malibu vehicles manufactured February 16, 2016, to March 5, 2016. The two weld studs that mount the front and rear side impact air bags may fracture and separate from the air bag during deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 214, "Side Impact Protection."
Consequence
Fractured weld studs may allow the side air bag to move out of position during deployment, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side air bag modules, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 31820.
Notify
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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