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General Motors has issued a recall covering 38,197 2012 and 2013 model-year Chevy Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Regal sedans equipped with eAssist, and sold in the United States. The automaker will check the generator control module for proper operation. Only vehicles built before December 2012 are being recalled.

According to the automaker, a malfunctioning generator control module could slowly drain the battery, causing an indicator to light up in the dash. If that indicator is ignored, the driver may experience a stalling engine, and in some cases, "a burning or melting odor, smoke, and, in rare instances, a fire in the trunk."

GM says the issue is not with the eAssist battery pack; the smoke and fire comes from overheating of the control board. One trunk fire has been reported, but no injuries are known. Scroll down below for the official press release from GM.
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GM Recalls Certain Sedans for Circuit Board Screening

DETROIT – General Motors is recalling 38,197 Chevrolet Malibu Eco and Buick LaCrosse and Regal sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model year sold in the United States and equipped with eAssist to screen the generator control module for proper operation.

Some of these vehicles may have a condition in which the generator control module may not function properly. This could cause a gradual loss of battery charge and the illumination of a malfunction indicator light. If these warnings are ignored, the engine may stall. In addition, there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke, and, in rare instances, a fire in the trunk.

The issue is the potential overheating of the circuit boards in the generator control module, but it does not involve the eAssist battery.

GM is aware of generator control board incidents, most of which have occurred within first 1,000 miles of operation. Vehicles built after December 2012 are not part of the recall.

GM knows of one trunk fire but no injuries or crashes related to this condition.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.


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      CruzControl
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM should recall all the '13 Malibus just because of the way it looks.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess the fusion hybrid is looking pretty good now. May not hit MPG numbers but comes with less fire!
      Snark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reason #67930230 why Dan Akerson is a goddamn idiot.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cheapest bidder and rushed to production wins again. At least its green right? What if you add in the pollutants from burning cars??
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        Ah, you must be a GM employee. It sounds like you have a grasp on how GM purchasing works! (I am not being sarcastic)
      • 1 Year Ago
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      johnbravo6
      • 1 Year Ago
      No, that's not possible. I'm positive the EPA, DOT and NHTSA all prohibit cars catching fire and ensure that they don't before they're released to market...
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      A circuit board that catches on fire? That doesn't sound right. I guess it is possible if you are using a bunch of iGBTs to route power around.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "KISS " principal has been trampled . The results of over sophistication are already sending smoke signals
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