General Motors has announced the automaker is recalling certain 2013 Chevrolet Malibu models for a potential sensor failure. Under hard braking, the vehicle's sensing and diagnostic module may reset itself, and if that occurs just before an abrupt turn, the vehicle could trick itself into sensing a rollover. In that event, the roof rail airbag could deploy outside of a crash situation. What's more, the seat belt pretensioners could then fail during a severe crash. Needless to say, it could be a dangerous situation.

The recall covers a total of 4,304 units manufactured between October 24, 2011 and March 31, 2012. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM will notify owners and reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module free of charge. The campaign is set to get underway on June 1. Check out the full recall notice for yourself.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHEVROLET / MALIBU 2012

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC Mfr's Report Date: MAY 17, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V224000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,304

Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 24, 2011, THROUGH MARCH 31, 2012. AFTER AN EVENT OF HARD BRAKING, THE SENSING AND DIAGNOSTIC MODULE (SDM) MAY RESET ITSELF.

Consequence:
IF THIS OCCURS DURING AN AGGRESSIVE TURNING MANEUVER, AND THEN AFTERWARDS A POTENTIAL VEHICLE ROLLOVER EVENT IS SENSED, THE ROOF RAIL AIRBAG MAY UNINTENTIONALLY DEPLOY. ADDITIONALLY, THE AIR BAGS AND/OR SEATBELT PRETENSIONERS MAY NOT DEPLOY DURING A SEVERE CRASH, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.

Remedy:
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE SDM. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON JUNE 1, 2012.

Notes:
GM'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 12102. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      Kevin Holden
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was told by someone who unloads GM vehicles off freight cars, that a lot of the times doors will be hanging, transmissions will hit the ground, headlights fall out, etc... Always a QC issue with GM.... ALWAYS.
        darkness
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kevin Holden
        BULLS#IT
        GreaseMonkeySRT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kevin Holden
        Maybe because that someone can't load and secure the vehicles properly?
        Soyntgo4it
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kevin Holden
        Haha now that is funny... I see them come in the dealership and see how they take the vehicles off the things they do.. I have seen a truck literally hanging off the side cause the guy whet off the tracks coming off the truck..
        Willie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kevin Holden
        Kevin, I was told by someone who reads fairy tales that you can actually find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
        Questmr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kevin Holden
        These type of boards are loaded with paid posters for marketing firms employed by car manufacturers. When I see ridiculous claims like these, I just presume they are getting paid for these types of comments.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      They did a recall on the Sonic too for not having brake pads installed and they sent them to the dealers anyway. Nice quality check. They also delayed the ZL1 release concerning quality control issues with that also.. They were others also with a few other vehicles Equinox Traverse Silverado Tahoe. I guess quality control is an issue lately.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        It is GM's upper management rushing programs to market and middle management that is too weak to stand up and demand proper lead times. Management is graded on program timing, not quality inside GM. Until this changes, expect more of the same.
        tylermars.design
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        No, no they didn't. Read some more of those articles you keep reading, because I know those claims aren't from experience.
          Soyntgo4it
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tylermars.design
          Oh yes they did dumbass it was even on autoblog uh duhhhhhh
      Bruno Nekic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Send GM to congress to tesify about this as they did with Toyota.
        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruno Nekic
        The Big 3 have been treated like Toyota was for decades. In fact, NTSHA gave Toyota plenty of opportunity to keep things on the downlow. And example of this was part of a Media/Government Build up against GM http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dateline_NBC#General_Motors_v._NBC Imho, whether Toyota deserved it or not, Toyota was treated like the domestics have been treated all along, for a change.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruno Nekic
        Okay clown, GM uncovered and had address the issue before anyone was injured or KILLED, unlike Toyota who tried to hide their problems. It an issue of HONOR and INTEGRITY.
          v8eater
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          First off there was nothing wrong with the Toyota vehicles since it was user error. Second GM has no honor or integrity since they ran their own company into the ground. Support a bankrupt company...real smart.
          Dark Gnat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          v8eater: Toyota has a long history of covering up problems with their cars. Of course Gm should get support. If they become successful, then they can pay off their debts. Would that not be good for taxpayers?
          Myself
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          The problem was there was NO problem. As far as I remember, there was NO scientific proof that unintended acceleration ever happened. And as for an accelerator stuck under the floor mat.... give me a break...
          v8eater
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Dark Gnat: Show me facts. No company in America should be bailed out by the taxpayers or government. It's 100% the companies responsibility to manage their business and finances. This way you weed out the corrupt/weak companies and the strong ones continue to prosper.
          Julius
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          @ v8eater: Wait, you mean the Toyota floor-mat accelerator entrapment recall was user error? If that was the case, then why the Federally mandated recall? Of course, does that mean that companies who get bailouts/subsidies from their home countries are then allowed to still do business in the US? Case-in-point: ever flown an Airbus jet lately? Use any Chinese solar panels in your pocket calculator?
          Julius
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          @v8eater: You mean your Chinese-built iPhone? I'd be careful making that stretch... pretty soon, there will only be foreign companies in the US, as they will all follow Savarin's lead and take their money overseas. Oh, and by your rationale, the Tacoma frame rust recall or V6 engine sludge recalls are also government plots covering up user error...
          BB79826
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Put down the flag and think, Duke. Car companies are about profit, nothing else.
        tylermars.design
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruno Nekic
        lolwut? nobody was even effected by this, they caught it because it could potentially happen.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Already that didn't take long...LOL
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        If a problem exists, it exists. What's the difference if it comes out 3 years from now or right after they hit the market. Better it happens now and they can rectify it before there are tons of them on the road.
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          Lt. Dan pulled this car ahead a year and did not increase the resources as needed to do so. Expect more quality gremlins to show up.
          Soyntgo4it
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          Seriously if they didn't rush production they would have found it during all the testing the car has had..
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          By that logic that's the case with any vehicle on the market then. I mean, with proper testing you should be able to catch any issue or potential issue, right?
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          While that's true, if a problem this obvious shows up this soon after a car is released it shows that the car probably wasn't tested well enough and it shows that the problem is the result of poor design (whereas in most cases recalls are because of corrosion or parts wearing poorly over time that couldn't be forseen when the car was being designed).
      scocrmch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Quality is....job none!
        darkness
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scocrmch
        Supplier issue fool not assembly.
          Myself
          • 2 Years Ago
          @darkness
          So when it's Toyota, it's assembly. When it's Chevy, it's suppliers? Just trying to understand....
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Jerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Same thing happened with the Camaro when it came out. When folks would get the lateral g's up on the track, the side curtains would deploy. Might be a GM best practice design flaw?
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      The recall comes right in your face....
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hooray for all of our modern safety tech! ;) The more that is involved and the more complicated something is, the more likely it is to have something go wrong. I do applaud GM for taking action, though. How did they catch this though?
      Diz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The service tech is out making mail deliveries.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope this gets sorted out soon. GM cannot afford more damages to its reputation.
      Questmr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I work for a heavy equipment manufacturer (not cars) and I see how mishap investigations go. They can't troubleshoot a problem until the problem presents itself. I don't blame a manufacturer for issuing a recall. In fact, a manufacturer that identifies and fixes a problem gains higher esteem in my eyes than one that covers up known issues to avoid tarnishing its reputation (like a highly popular Japanese company we all know). I am more confident buying a GM product than I am buying any foreign product.
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