Chevy Malibu Starting, Stalling Issues Cause Recall
General Motors is recalling nearly 180,000 Chevy Malibu vehicles because of a software problem that could raise serious safety hazards.
The software glitch could cause the cars’ computers to disable fuel injectors, according to a report from CNET. That, in turn, could prevent the engine from starting or cause it to stall, according documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“In rare cases this condition can cause the engine to stall at speed and without warning, increasing the risk of a crash,” the company said in a safety bulletin. GM did not say whether any auto accidents have been caused as a result of the issue.
The recall covers 2018 Malibus that are equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine. GM said it will inspect and repair those vehicles free of charge, replacing the corrupted software with a new system.
“Your GM dealer will dealer will reprogram the engine control module to correct the error,” the company said to a letter sent to Malibu owners. “This service will be performed for you at no charge.”
Owners can check whether their vehicles are covered by the recall on the NHTSA website, searching by Vehicle Identification Number.
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