General Motors is recalling 4,304 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2013 model year to reprogram a component of the car’s airbag system. Under hard braking, the sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) could reset, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.
“If the module resets itself during aggressive turning and then a potential rollover is sensed, the side curtain airbags may deploy unintentionally,” Kicking Tires reports. NHTSA says that in addition to the possible unintended airbag deployment, the Malibu’s seatbelt pretensioners and/or airbags may not work properly if there is a crash, resulting in a greater chance of injury.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco was recently named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, which means it earned the highest score of “good” in front, side, rear and rollover tests. The federal government hasn’t evaluated the 2013 Malibu’s safety yet.
Affected 2013 Malibus were built between Oct. 24, 2011 and March 31, 2012. You can check to see when your Malibu was manufactured by looking at the sticker on the driver’s side door jamb. The Detroit News says that the recall only includes Malibu Eco models and that no injuries or collisions have been reported as a result of the problem. Chevrolet dealers will reprogram the SDM for free and affected owners will be contacted starting June 1. Owners can call NHTSA with any questions at 1-888-327-4236.
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