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Delayed Acceleration Problems
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One of Chevrolet’s solutions for stopping thieves from driving away with a car is, coincidently, doing the same thing to the actual owner.
A large number of Chevy vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).
What Malibu Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- 2002 Malibu passlock problem, won't start & anti-theft light is on 119 (100%)
- 2002 Malibu leaking coolant, cracked intake manifold gasket 118 (99%)
- 2001 Malibu leaking intake manifold gasket 97 (82%)
- 2005 Malibu popping from steering when turning 94 (79%)
- 2004 Malibu power steering going out intermittently 83 (70%)
Malibu Key Numbers
Airbag inflators are exploding in the 2010-2011 Malibu, but this time it’s not one made by Takata.
GM says more than 1,100 sedans have ARC driver-side airbag inflators that are over-pressurizing, rupturing during an airbag deployment, and sending metal shrapnel through the cabin.
The automaker has sent out a notice about the (obvious) danger this creates, but affected owners will have to wait for a second notice until the recall actually begins.
Let’s hope GM is feeling “over-pressurized” to get those replacement parts ready ASAP.
Excess gas –– we’ve all had it, no-one likes it, and the same holds true for your braking system.
GM says it needs to bleed the brake systems of 230,000 cars because the vehicles have rear brake caliper pistons that have hydrogen gas trapped inside that could be released into the brake systems. ZF, the manufacturer of the brake pistons, didn't properly temper and chrome-coat the pistons, causing hydrogen gas to remain trapped in the bodies of the pistons.
This problem may cause your brake pedal to feel “spongy” but it’s unclear if it affects stopping distances.
A tiny number of 9th generation Malibus are being recalled to make sure the airbags deploy when there’s a passenger in the front seat.
The problem is caused by a "passenger presence system" that wasn't calibrated to the car's seat type, causing a failure to read the difference between an adult or child in the front passenger seat.
You had one job, passenger presence system.
GM is recalling 850 vehicles with improperly welded fuel pumps.
The automaker says the joint that connects the fuel pump’s outer housing to the pump’s flange may not have been properly welded by the supplier. Over time, the weld could crack and cause a separation of the high-pressure fuel pump from the flange, allowing the pump to oscillate inside the engine compartment.
The oscillating pump can bump into a nearby fuel line and calamity ensues.
The recalled vehicles include the 2018 Chevy Colorado, Equinox, and Malibu, as well as the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac ATS, and GMC Acadia, Canyon, and Terrain.
The Bosch fuel pump that Chevrolet used in a small number of 2018 models is moving and creating a potential fuel-leak nightmare.
GM says the joint that connects the fuel pump’s outer housing to the pump’s flange may not have been properly welded by the supplier.
That weld could crack and cause a separation of the high-pressure fuel pump from the flange, allowing the pump to oscillate inside the engine compartment.
The moving pumps can damage a high-pressure fuel line which is going to create an even higher-pressure situation when you start spraying flammable gas onto hot car parts.
A proposed settlement will award certain GM owners in Arizona about $200 each for owning cars with ignition switch problems.
The $6.28 million will be paid to about 33,000 GM owners in Arizona, as long as they purchased the vehicles between July 2009 and July 2014 and didn't get rid of the vehicles before the ignition switch recalls were announced in 2014..
As with any settlement, there are plenty of stipulations which you can read about here.
While you're probably still digesting that extra serving of holiday cookies, here's something else to chew on – your brand new 2017 Malibu needs a new airbag.
General Motors is recalling 113 model year 2017 Chevrolet Malibu cars because the right-hand rear side airbag inflator manifolds may have bad welds.
There isn't much more detail available at this time, but you can call GM at 800-222-1020 and ask about recall number 16146.…
While you might still be digesting that extra serving of holiday cookies, here's something else to chew on – you might have 1 of 18 Malibus that need new airbag modules.
According to GM the fabric of the side-impact airbag cushion "can prevent the airbags from deploying properly in a crash."
It's likely the 18 owners of the 2016 vehicles have already been contacted, but just in case you can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and use recall number 16079.
2016 Chevy Malibu has been recalled for Takata airbags, but it's not what you think.
Takata reported two instances of stud weld fractures of the inflator modules during routine testing. However, the inflators weren't produced by Takata.
Another airbag supplier welded the studs --- poorly, I might add --- before shipping them to Takata. A fractured weld means the airbag will probably deploy out of position in a crash.
That stinks, but it's better than other Takata airbag problems.
Your steering wheel could get stuck while driving and GM doesn't think that's enough of a safety hazard to warrant a recall.
Owners have complained that if they drive with their steering wheel in one position for a long enough, it can suddenly stick and become impossible to turn. The problem eventually remedies itself but not before making the driver sweat it out like Richard Simmons:
"At highway speeds the steering sticks, making it scary to drive and dangerous” the owner of a 2013 Cruze wrote to the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).…
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