DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 Chevy Malibu midsize cars for two separate issues.
About 15,000 2013 Malibus are being recalled because a problem with a wiring harness could cause a fire. GM said the harness may wear against the frame, which could result in the insulation of a circuit on the wiring wearing through to the conductor and a short to the grounded seat frame may occur.
It could result in the unintended movement of the seat, sparking, flickering lights, melted wiring, smoke or a fire in an unattended vehicle.
GM said it’s aware of two unattended fires that extinguished on their own, but no injuries have been reported.
In a separate recall GM is recalling more than 44,000 214 model year Malibus because the window defrosters may not work.
GM says a computer that controls the ventilation system can revert to the previous setting even if a driver sets the controls to defrost. If that happens, the driver won’t be able to clear the windshield to see where they’re going. The problem happens when the cars are started.
GM dealers will reprogram the computer at no cost to customers. The company says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries from the problem.
The recall includes 42,696 Malibus in the U.S., with the rest in Canada and Mexico.
Malubi owners will be notified by GM.
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