Recall 16V870000

Passenger Rear Side Air Bag Fails Or Propels Debris During A Crash

Recall Details

The passenger rear side air bag may fail to deploy or may deploy spraying debris inside the vehicle due to a problem with insufficient welds internally during manufacturing. Dealers will replace the rear side air bag modules free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger rear side air bag may have a manufacturing issue, causing the internal components to separate in an accident, possibly affecting the air bag's ability to deploy, or possibly spraying debris in the cabin in an accident. This could result in occupant injuty.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Chevrolet must be performed by a General Motors dealership. General Motors will notify known owners of affected (a timetable of 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 incomplete 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 16146.

Body, Interior & Misc., December 02, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
December 02, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2017 Malibu vehicles manufactured on November 10, 2016. The right-hand rear side air bag inflator manifold may have insufficient welds.
Insufficient welds could cause the inflator to separate and propel air bag debris into the cabin during a crash. Also, the inflator could fail to inflate during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear 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 16146.
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
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