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| Chaffin Luhana LLP

If you have a General Motors (GM) Chevy Malibu with a 1.5L turbo engine, you should be aware of a recent recall issued by the company. About 175,000 vehicles are affected by an issue that could pose an increased risk of an accident and resulting injury.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acknowledged the recall on September 10, 2019.

Chevy Warns Owners to Watch for Fuel Injector Error

Chevrolet says the problem stems from a software issue. An error in the Engine Control Module (ECM) software may result in the fuel injectors being disabled.

If this happens, it will prevent the engine from starting or, if the car is in motion, may cause a stall, increasing the risk of a crash and a related injury or even death. The condition is believed to be rare, and so far there have been no reported injuries.

If the problem occurs at the start, the check engine light will illuminate. Chevrolet says it hasn’t determined a remedy yet, but owners with the affected vehicles can get loaner cars if their vehicles are still under warranty.

According to GM, affected vehicles include 2018 Chevy Malibus with a 1.5L turbo engine built from April 25, 2017, through September 20, 2018, at the Warren, Michigan plant. To see if your vehicle is affected, check the NHTSA’s website, or call GM at 800-630-2438. Owners can also contact the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

GM has not yet indicated when they will notify consumers or begin repairs. The NHTSA, in a letter to the company, noted that this information is critical for the recall, and demanded that it be supplied through the NHTSA recalls portal.

The company has indicated that it will direct dealerships to reprogram the ECM software free of charge. At the time of the initial recall, the software update was not yet available.

GM Recalls Chevy Trax SUVs and GM Pickups

GM also recently expanded its recall of Chevy Trax SUVs due to faulty suspension. The original recall was announced in April 2019 and included 2017 and 2019 models. The newer recall, issued in September 2019, includes 2015 and 2016 models. GM says there’s a problem with the suspension weld that could cause steering problems, potentially increasing the risk of an accident.

The welded joint could break while the vehicle is in motion, causing the driver to potentially lose control.

In total, the recall affects about 107,000 vehicles. Dealers will inspect the left and right front lower-control arms and replace them if necessary.

The company recalled an additional 3.4 million vehicles in early September. This recall included a variety of different pickup trucks. According to GM, as the vehicle ages, the power-assist brakes may lose power, increasing stopping distance and potentially resulting in a crash. This recall involves the following vehicles:

  • 2014-2018 Chevy Silverado
  • 2014-2018 GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500
  • 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2015-2018 GMC Yukon
  • 2015-2018 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe

Owners were to be notified starting September 6, 2019. Dealerships will fix the issue free of charge.

2 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Karon
    Karon

    I'm saddened to think of all the kids affected by Gardisil 9. The case above is but the tip of the iceberg. Many have spun into full blown menopause at 14 yrs of age, many have lost fertility, altogether. Many have died and a couple have killed themselves. Merck and others have blood on their hands, because they HAVE this data and continue to push vax, as though they're saviors. Also troubling is the fact this vax is "no longer used in the US". What does that say to the young ladies (most frequent target) of other countries? It isn't good enough for American girls, but y'all are second class citizens. People, go ahead and submit yourselves to this heinous shot, but you (rather, Merck!) are playing Russian Roulette with your health, NOW, and your future health.

  2. Gravatar for Karon
    Karon

    We have a 2009 Tahoe. It's a beautiful vehicle. The oil leaks enough that you have tontop itnoff 2x or so between changes. Ok... No biggie. Recently, the engine light came on, then left tire suspension, and out of the blue, traction stability came on willy-nilly. The car STALLED in ATL 5:00 traffic, on 285. I'm an ATL native and I was SCARED. It would then pull back together, lights disappearing. Weeks later, it started again, and added "reduced engine power", which was obvious because it would slow to 23 on the highway and act as though it was pulling a 4 ton barge! It was terrifying. I spent 3-4 hours reading allll about it. NO RECaLLS, NO anything! I just paid $1400 for a TOTAL NEW TPS, as just fixing parts of it didn't work, an oil pan leak fix and a couple of other things. It appears that GM doesn't want to recall this until they have a body count. which is likely. Hundreds of people have had this exact issue. Many are quite frustrated, having been given the run around with the Chevy dealers, getting parts fixed and having the issue return within days, limping the car back to dealer, on & on. I'm not being dramatic when I say it is terrifying to go from 72mph to 22 or STALL out completely. Shame on them. When this GM sells, I'll never buy another, as long as I live. That goes for our entire family, and extended family.

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