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

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.