Chevrolet will be recalling 59,000 Malibu sedans in a pair of recalls, according to a report from Reuters. Around 15,000 cars are being recalled over concerns that a bad wiring harness could start a fire, while another 44,000 units need repairs for issues in the HVAC system.

The 15,000 Malibus being recalled over fire concerns are 2013 models fitted with the optional power front seats. According to a statement from Chevrolet, the wiring harness in the seats could fray against seat frames, which could lead to a fire. The span of time where affected cars were built isn't entirely clear, but Chevy reports that there have been no reported injuries or crashes caused by the issue.

As for the remaining 44,000 models being recalled, it applies to 2014 Malibus, which have a defective defroster in the HVAC. Rather than causing fires like the seat issue, the defroster just might not work when called upon. While a minor issue, the ability to defog the windows is important for driver visibility.

The total distribution of affected models sees 57,605 cars being recalled in the US, 1,047 in Canada and 683 in Mexico. As of this writing, there's been no word from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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      ChrisJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, crickets in here when GM has a big recall. Typical Autoblog crowd...and most of the comments are ignoring, defending, and using the opportunity to take a shot at other manufactures not even a part of this article. If this was a non GM related recall comments would be in the triple digits. Time to take the blinders off people.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where is Laser?
      MotionDesigner
      • 1 Year Ago
      So when there's a recall for American vehicles, which are plenty... 59k Malibus, 1.2 million Ram trucks, everyone just blames the specific model or the supplier or whatnot. But when a Korean car company has a recall that is a relatively low number compared to their American counterparts, all the bigots come out from underneath their rocks and say Korean crap, asian crap, etc... Where are you bigots every time these American recalls are announced?
        ChrisJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        They're the Autoblog "home teamers" that take every opportunity to **** on anything Asian or even German, but in all their willful ignorance ignore, defend, and make excuses for GM recalls. Oh, and they like to use the word fan boy to marginalize you, but then Mom yells it's time for dinner and they have to shut their computer off.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        Do you live under a rock? Asian car manufacturers are the king of mass supplier based recalls (airbags, brakes, harnesses), pushing recalls into the millions all the time.
          RM
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          No Asian manufacturers address their issues. Chrysler seems to be doing the same since they are now foreign owned with their 1.2 million ram recalled. Let's not forget the nearly 3 million VWs recently recalled. Apparently you live under a rock or else you would know that the top 5 largest recalls in history are dominated by domestic cars. Get over it recalls are here to stay.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Oh RM were you just born 3 years ago? You see just last decade those same Asian car companies never had recalls. They labeled them tsb's and called it a day.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        I like how you Asian fanboys like to accuse anyone who has something negative to say about Asian brands of being bigot.
      colin911
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just when I thought the new Malibu couldn't be any less appealing.
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor Malibu can't catch a break, I really want to like this car. My opinions of GM has changed tremendously with the recent award winning products. I'm sure they can get it sorted out.
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        Floridian
        • 1 Year Ago
        On which planet do you live, huh? Toyota has recalled much more vehicles during the last 5 years than any GM brand.
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        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        Toyota certainly does rock at being incredibly boring. That lineup of theirs could put someone who's high on cocaine to sleep. Seriously, let's compare the number of interesting vehicles in Toyota's lineup to that of GM's, or any other auto manufacturer for that matter. It's not even a contest as Toyota is in the business of selling appliances, not cars. They're throwaway cars.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTF is up with all of these recalls??? Not just Chevy. It seems like there's so many from so many manufacturers.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john m
        Cheapest bid supplier wins. They are forced to cut corners, usually in testing.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      So improperly fused circuit. Smaller guage wiring used to cheapen and lighten the harness? GM approved or supplier issue?
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just noticed. Did they forget to put the bowtie on? It looks like they slapped something on there after the design was finished.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's no such thing as a supplier issue. If you have an iPhone and chip inside it dies you do not blame some Taiwanese company that made the chip, you blame Apple because they chose the chip. The reason you pay GM is so they buy all the parts, MAKE SURE THE WORK, put them together and sell the to you.
      Clipper44
      • 1 Year Ago
      1% of Malibu owners will respond to the recall, and the other 99% will never have their car catch on fire from a faulty wiring harness.
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