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Airbag Problem Prompts Malibu Recall

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2013 Chevy Malibu Eco (GM photo)

2013 Chevy Malibu Eco (GM photo)

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DETROIT — (WWJ) General Motors is recalling more than 4,300 brand new Chevy Malibus, because of an airbag problem.

A statement posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website says that—in certain circumstances—the side curtain airbag could deploy when it’s not needed, and fail to deploy when it is needed.

This is caused by the sensing and diagnostic module resetting itself during hard braking.

“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,” read the statement. “Additionally, the air bags and/or seatbelt pretensioners may not depoy during a severe crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.”

GM says the issue was discovered during aggressive testing, but there have been no reports of real world crashes or injuries.

All of the Malibus being recalled are 2013 Eco models, with GM’s mild hybrid eAssist system. These are the first of the all new 2013 Malibu trim to go on the market. GM is also selling 2012 Malibus, which have an older design, and are not included in this recall.

The recall is expected to begin June 1st, with letters going out to owners. Dealers will reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module.

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