The four-cylinder Malibu was updated with a six-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel economy and throttle response for this model year. Otherwise, Malibu remains well rounded overall. The car handles well and has a competent powertrain, along with a very quiet, spacious and well-trimmed cabin.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Chevrolet Malibu owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"Plug replaced due to no power to plug"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"additional problem with the rear fuse box. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Factory recall, not exactly sure why"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Recall"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Ignition, brake lights, air bags, suspension, GM brakes recalls"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lights do not come up automatically, delayed. Still not completely corrected by Chevy"

Anonymous, IA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall having something to do with the rear brake lights"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT)
Headlights

"To replace the headlights I had to take it to the dealer who had to take the front bumper off to replace the headlights and cost several hundred dollars"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights - Cost $150 to replace. Bumber had to be removed. Problem was due to wiring problem which has been repared."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"right headlight went out - found that full front fascia and a part of wheel liner had to be removed to access light assy for replacement - not easily done."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lights have to be changed by someone who is highly experienced, as it is very difficult. Front of car needs to be disassembled"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"To replace a $6.00 light bulb, you have to take your car to the dealership and pay over $100.00 in labor. I chose to replace the light bulb myself. Did research online. It required removing entire front end of car 20+ bolts/clips, it took 3+ hours to complete this task. It use to take a few minutes"

Lisa M., FL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

"Replacement of Headlamp Bulb requires expensive disassembly and reassembly"

Joel L., GA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight went out & in order to replace it, you have to drop the front bumper. Labor cost was $100. Bad design!"

Marianne P., IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlight bulbs had to be replaced."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"The battery was change in the remote entry sometimes it works and sometime it doesn't. My wife's set has no problems."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"recall brake lamp, switch wire harness update"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"thermostat occasionally seems to stop working then spontaneously starts working again. Happens more in cold weather"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I washaving problems w/the check engine light & my car shutting off while driving and the car jerking when pressing on the gas pedal from a start, & as long as my check engine light was on, the remote starter would not work"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper transmission broke where it connects to the wiper motor"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Apparently when someone fixed the brakes previous to my owning the car, they failed to oil the driver's side front calipers"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"The master cylinder leaked into the power booster. Both were replaced under extended warranty."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Car needed new brakes after 52000 miles"

Jon D., MI (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"pads needed replaced"

Wayne H., PA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"New rotors and brake pads"

Gilbert D., WI (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"lining for the brakes"

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brakes were worn down. Normal wear. Routine maintenance"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"One day I noticed that my brakes really grabbed and made a horrible metal sound when braking. I took it to the CHEVROLET dealer for an assessment. They determined that the brake pads were worn through and that the rotors needed replacement. I was shocked since the car only had 50K miles on it. (I've owned several Toyotas in the past and none of them had this problem at such an early age or even as they aged.) I paid $850 for the job and was angry as I realized that the job should have cost a lot less. So I feel that between the car needing this early extensive brake job and the cost to fix it that I was ripped off twice."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wore only after about 6 months"

Chuck S., CT (2012 Chevrolet Malibu 3.6-L V6)

"I have never before had to replace rotars and pads on a leased vehicle. Only 30000 miles on them, with no indication of problem at previous inspection"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have replaced the rotors and brakes on this vehicle three times in 73K miles with GM parts at the dealer. The miles driven are all highway miles. Other GM vehicles owned have not come close to this amount of repair and replacement. There is an obvious design flaw or cheap materials built in somewhere."

William O., PA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"The Brakes rusted and had to be totally replaced."

Ernest D., MI (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes seem to cause vibration after a hard stop."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"The rotor issue is part of the overall brake job issue that I described in the previous section."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have replaced the rotors in this car twice in less than a year, and it now feels like I will have to replace them a third time in less than 2 years. I have no idea why they are wearing out so quickly"

Joanne P., ME (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"wound not stop warping had to replace with aftermarket rotors"

Loyd W., VT (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"they had a problem with the rotors warping"

Asa B., MA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotors were warped when I had to replace the pads which was strange and expensive"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors on the car are persistent in requiring change from pulsating. It appears GM insists on putting too small of rotors on a car compared to its weight to safe money. As a lifelong Chevrolet owner this has been a life of rotor replacements in all vehicles."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"brake calipers needed to be ground off due to excessive buildup"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

"Factory recall involving ECU"

Chris W., NY (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"ESC Warning light came on and Power Steering stopped working. I went on the internet and found this is a common problem with Malibus. The car can still be operated but the steering is very stiff. The power steering will be operational when I stop and start the car but it will go out after a few more minutes. I understand it is a costly repair that requires new sensors."

William A., IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"electronic power steering sensor problem, repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"started leaking"

Anonymous, IA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"began to make a grinding noise"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The strut mounts needed replacement. I have spoke to other owners of the same model and year with similar problems. there should be a recall on this part. Iv driven most of my vehicles to around 150K miles and NEVER had to replace struts because of strut mount failure. This includes over 30 vehicles in my lifetime."

William O., PA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"My girlfriend caused this issue."

Michael B., ON (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Uneven tire wear caused by bushings going bad, tie rod broken: started 18 months ago; identified by pulling to the right and the need to always over correct the steering wheel. We called several repair shops including the dealership where purchased and the cost, especially at the dealership was outrageous! often in excess of $3000! We ended up at a local, small "mom and pop" repair shop. They fixed the problem to our satisfaction and at a lower cost than anyone else. Additionally, they told us how to fix the hole in the muffler ourselves, thus saving us even more money (about $500 savings doing it ourselves!)."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"whirring noise"

John G., OH (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"wheel bearings replaced with 50k miles"

Loyd W., VT (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace left wheel bearing in Jan 2019 along with entire muffler system at over $1200. In April road noise got very loud and had to replace right wheel bearing at over $645."

Robert S., PA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Warning lights and many electronic functions weren't working correctly. Chevrolet Dealer found problem to be cracked cylinder head and rebuilt top half of engine under warranty. The blower motor has failed twice in the last year and replaced"

Bruce L., NH (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"the timing change guard bolt loosened and feel out and the timing cover rubbed on the timing chain and the meat shavings went throughout the engine and the engine failed."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine kept shutting down and loosing power. After several repairs/diagnostics it was found that carbon chip/flakes built up in the engine causing problems. Had to tear down engine and rebuild"

Chuck S., CT (2012 Chevrolet Malibu 3.6-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Broken timing chain cause Check Engine light."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"The timing chain shield came lose and rubbed against the chain which then put aluminium shavings into the engine oil and the shaving closed the oil pump which caused the engine to fail. under warranty got new engine"

Leann C., OH (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"had to be replaced at $3000.00. however the dealer got an emergency warranty and cut the cost over half. labor costs was over half tehe original bill."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"timing belt was worn out and guides were broken at about 40000 miles"

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle became suddenly disabled without warning. Trusted and well-known mechanic said this vehicle is notorious for this issue and can lead to the need to replace the engine."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt wear caused engine not to operate efficiently. Replacement required to avoid engine damage"

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water pump had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"wind noise in drivers door"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"problem is a growling noise from the rear tires or bearings"

Karl Z., NJ (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles as it picks up speed. Squeaks as I brake. Las Vegas has high winds and this adds to the rattle. Handbrake does not work, and did not work from the first day I bought this used car"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"excessive noise; has not been remedied"

Gary S., TX (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"very loud and bothersome at 40 mph and above"

Karl Z., NJ (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"car ran fine, but eng light came on."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Original cap was broken due to wear and tear, then replaced with a generic cap that didn't fit and the problem re-emerged"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on 5 times in 3 years. 2 times for e-vap sensor, 2 times for gas cap, once for fume canister issue"

John K., NY (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light comes on when gas gap is not secured properly. Gas cap needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"electrical problem caused fuel injection system to fail?"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"My check engine light came on repeatedly. I had it diagnosed as a camshaft actuator. There were no obvious impacts on vehicle performance or fuel economy. It did cost over $400 to replace this."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Misaligned belt from the factory caused the engine to shut down. Pulled over, restarted the car and drove to the dealer"

James V., TX (2012 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"check engine light on. required shop attention for repair."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cause not know. Check engine light"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak creates insecurity, since one does not know when it is time for ol change. It is a nuisance and a costly affair"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"axel leakes"

Robert P., IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"When shifting from Park to Reverse, to Drive, the car jerks a little. When the RPM is low and I press the gas, the car also jerks at low speeds"

Brad M., BC (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Transmission computer

"would not recognize reverse"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Chevrolet Malibu 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Due most likely to improperly done transmission service the day before, most of the transmission fluid leaked out so that the automatic transmission no longer functioned properly and the car could not be driven -- it had to be towed to another shop for repairs."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right transaxie leak covered by extended warranty"

Joel L., GA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Wife was driving it and it did seem right and took it to be fixed right away"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"does not work; will not eject"

Gary S., TX (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"The display screen would become erratic, words would be partially scattered, blinking on and off and then just scrambled pixels on the screen."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Displayed temperature (of outside) stopped working a month after purchase: displayed time has stopped working in the last 6 mos."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Channels would turn by themselves"

Larry B., KS (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"The driver door speaker didnt work. i replaced it and it works now. the power sunroof works intermittently. the power lock buttons don't work. The power driver's seat is broken and only lifts on one side."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"As stated earlier, in Jan 2019 a leak in exhaust system forced me to replace clamp, pipe, muffler,another pipe,resonator,etc ; cost $536 of the previously mentioned $1207."

Robert S., PA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Light indicated bags were not functional. Dealership charged me $1400 to replace module"

William M., NC (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Warning light indicated bags not functioning correctly"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The airbag warning stopped working"

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Vehicle making very loud noise. Some part on the compressor was loose causing the noise. Compressor had to be replaced."

Roy N., VA (2012 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The lighting around the knobs went out"

Brad M., BC (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"The resistor on low fan speed failed. Had the same problem on 2003 Malibu"

Marianne P., IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Rear door behind driver has to be locked/unlocked manually"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)
Seat belts

"recall"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"left front wheel bearing"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Axle Bearing went out. I replaced it myself after watching a youtube video. But wouldn't expect a bearing to go out so soon. My friends Malibu did the same thing. And Yes, I replaced his for him."

Dale T., OR (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The under mounting that's black and beneath the front bumper and front end fell off while traveling on the interstate. This in turn ripped the front bumper section, which will require replacing the entire front end since it is all one unit"

Mary B., KY (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Typical Cheverolet piece of shit"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
SEAT BELTS
May 08 2015
If the cable breaks, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured April 8, 2010, to October 11, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle at the outside of the driver seat and the front passenger seat may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle. This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the outboard lap anchor mounting bracket and inspect the flexible steel cable, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on November 16, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15031.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V269000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 437045
STEERING
Jul 21 2014
A joint bearing that fails prematurely may cause separation of the u-joint resulting in a complete loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Dorman Products, Inc. (Dorman) is recalling certain replacement intermediate steering shafts sold under the Dorman, OE Solutions, and Solutions brand names, part numbers 425-167, 2425167, and 7-3074, for installation on 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, and 2007-2009 Saturn Aura vehicles. The affected steering shafts may have a yoke that inadequately supports the u-joint bearing resulting in a premature failure.
What should you do:
Dorman will notify owners, and dealers will refund the purchase price or replace the steering shafts, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Dorman customer service at 1-800-523-2492.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14E044000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7304
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
May 14 2014
Any of the above failure conditions increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured May 16, 2003, through October 11, 2012, 2004-2007 Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured June 25, 2003, through April 5, 2007, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured May 26, 2004, through January 4, 2010, and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura vehicles manufactured April 24, 2006, through May 26, 2009. In the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the Body Control Module (BCM) connection may result in voltage fluctuations in the Brake Apply Sensor (BAS) circuit. These fluctuations can cause one or more of these conditions: the brake lights to illuminate without the brake pedal being pushed; the brake lights to not illuminate when the pedal is pushed; difficulty disengaging the cruise control; moving the gear shifter out of the 'PARK' position without pushing the brake; and disablement of crash avoidance features such as traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist features.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will attach the wiring harness to the BCM with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to both the BCM and harness connector and the BAS and harness connector, and will relearn the brake pedal home position, free of charge. The manufacturer distributed an Interim letter to customers on July 14, 2014. The recall began on August 18, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-762-2737 (Pontiac), 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). GM's number for this recall is 13036.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V252000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2440524
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