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Less than a week after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had questioned the adequacy of a General Motors recall from 2009 on the Pontiac G6, saying it might have needed to be much broader, it is putting the automaker under the microscope again for another potential recall issue. This time around, NHTSA is investigating whether GM did enough in a recent recall of eAssist-equipped models, namely the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco and the 2012-2013 Buick Regal and LaCrosse.

The recall was announced back in May on these mild-hybrid sedans for an issue with the generator that could cause the vehicle to stop running and possibly even lead to a fire in the trunk. According to The Detroit News, the investigation was launched because even after the vehicles were recalled, a fire was still reported. As a part of the recall, a total of 43,000 vehicles were tested, but only 22,000 received a new generator control module. The article says that the post-recall fire happened on a vehicle that had its module inspected but not replaced.


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      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      And our rogue regime is at it again. The witch hunt continues. The 2011+ Explorers lost all steering ability, and we don't hear a peep or anything from Ford or the government. But GM issues a recall (acknowledging a problem) and they catch crap.
        csgill75
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Lost all steering ability? Are the steering wheels falling off or something? You can still steer a car without power steering and no crashes or injuries have been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As far as the government investigating the issue, maybe you didn't see the headlines from a while back: "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a preliminary investigation into the electronic power assist steering system in the 2011 Ford Explorer over a handful of complaints about the steering system failing to provide proper assistance to the driver."
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM is no stranger to dodging recalls.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM's mild hybrid was a gimmick at best and a fraud at worse. Shoddy design and workmanship are just another reminder that the same old incompetent clowns have remained on the job due to government bailouts. Had the company gone through bankruptcy, a private investor would have cleaned house, rubbed out these incompetent clowns. And as an added benefit, no taxpayer money would have been required and the UAW would have had to eat some humble pie instead of being arrogant and greedy.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another GM flop, stop making cars your no good at making...well that would be just about all of them :) after the junk they sold me ( 2011 equinox, 2012 traverse replacement after the equinox blew up. the traverse was junk to) im happy with my honda! way to go GM!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      pmrspnj2
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM did it again !! they tried to do a minimal recall and, putting their heads in the sand, hoped no one would notice. trying to weasel out of responsibility for defective cars seems to be their plan for corporate responsibility and you wonder why i would NEVER buy a gm car EVER, they lost my business after the caddy with the chevette transmission fiasco.
        Levine Levine
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pmrspnj2
        Years ago, arrogant Cadillac installed Chevy engine and transmission without even removing the brand name from the valve cover. Its V8 with cylinder deactivation erroneously deactivated due to faulty software. Its V8 diesel derived from the regular V8 350CID fractured the engine block as GM ignored the extra stress of diesel engines. The Cadillac Cimmaron, Biarritz, and other fancy named vehicles were rebadged Chevy Nova, Cavalier, and Impala with little change in sheet metal and power train. The major change was the sticker price, typically three times more than the basic Chevy. This type of practice continue to this day: the Chevy Tahoe SUV is the shameless Caddy Escalade.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Levine Levine
          Years ago Acura had honda motors. Wait they still do.. Years ago Lexus had toyota motors. wait they still do.. Years ago infiniti had....oh never mind
          caddy-v
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Levine Levine
          Well duh! Ancient history, bonehead. Now if you were to tell us that Ford used Chrysler engines or Peterbuilt once used VW Beetle engines we might find you interesting. Dumb as box of rocks, but interesting.
        supersargee6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pmrspnj2
        they learned that from Toyota, a business model G.M.'s CEO Obama admires
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pmrspnj2
        A 'Cadillac with a Chevette fiasco'???? Do tell - we'd love to see you make this one up in full detail ...
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is the panel gap where the hood meets the front on the Malibu all janky or is that just a weird angle/lighting? Seems fine on the Regal.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would question GM to if a inspected car that did not have the module replaced caught fire. Hopefully for GM it was a isolated to one car or a handful they might have not been thorough enough during inspection. This is not some light bulb problem this is potential fire we are talking about. I like how people blame government yet it's the customers car that caught fire and complained to the government because GM said the module passed during the first round of recalls with no replacement needed.
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe there will be an eAssist fire sale?
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait for it. Wait for it........
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