NHTSA opened recall query on some General Motors sedans

Article by Anita Panait, on July 15, 2013

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a probe on some General Motors sedans after a fire incident in March led them to suspect the effectiveness of the carmaker's screening test. NHTSA opened a recall query to determine whether a stress test GM is employing on some of the recalled cars is effective enough.

The fire occurred after the stress test, which was intended to spot the problem. GM recalled in May 42,904 units of its 2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars and 2013 model Chevrolet Malibu Eco cars that are equipped with its "eAssist" mild hybrid system. The recall was implemented to fix circuit boards that may overheat and result to a loss of battery power and, in extreme cases, a fire in the trunk.

Overheating of the circuit boards in the generator control module in some of the cars may result to some problems like loss of battery charge and the illumination of a malfunction indicator light. The issue, however, does not involve the eAssist battery. The engine may stall of the warnings are ignored. 

Around 22,000 of the recalled cars will have their battery packs replaced, while the remaining cars will undergo the screening test to determine if the control module needs to be replaced, GM disclosed. A spokesman said the recall is ongoing and the GM is cooperating with NHTSA in the probe.

He added that GM is unaware of any injuries or crashes related to the issue. He noted that GM has already implemented changes in the production process at its site.

Having broad shoulders with a stance made wider and a rear spoiler integrated result in the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu becoming more athletic and having a more aggressive look. Unlike the previous generation, the wheelbase of the new Malibu is shorter by 4.5 inches (114 mm). Meanwhile the tracks, on the front and the rear, measure 62 inches (1,574 mm).

This is wider by 2 inches (51 mm) versus the model it is replacing. Commenting on the design of the exterior, Bryan Nesbitt, currently the Chevrolet Brand Champion and Executive Director for GM Exterior Design, shared that the new Malibu has a design language similar to the Corvette and the Camaro. This resulted in the family sedan segment having a model that shows a sporty feel, he continued.

Meanwhile Vice-President for Chevrolet Marketing Rick Scheidt said that the current Malibu has been able to redefine the idea of an American midsize car. He added that the current version managed to get a successful impression and has changed how people looked at Chevrolet. He continued by saying with the new Malibu, it continues to have many of the intangibles of the current version but is also able to offer customers more.

In addition to having more style and better fuel efficiency, he said further, there are more features and content. Further, Scheidt revealed, it shows excellent craftsmanship and has dynamic capabilities that can even rival those high-end sedans. It was during the 2011 Auto Shanghai that the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was first released to the world. At the same time as its China debut, it was also introduced in the U.S.

The U.S. and China are just two of the almost 100 countries across 6 continents where this new model will be sold. From Sao Paulo to Sydney and New York to Shanghai, this will be the brand’s first midsize sedan. It will display an expressive design, fitted with fuel-efficient powertrains and cutting-edge technologies. It is also able to deliver exceptional ride performance.

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