Malibu Recalled for Takata Airbags, But It's Not What You Think

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**The 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.

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Takata Recalls

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).

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  1. 9th Generation Malibu

    Years
    2016–2020
    Reliability
    44th of 80
    PainRank
    8.59
    Complaints
    117
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