Air Bag Defect Prompts Recall of Chevrolet Malibu Vehicles

The air bag inflator on the recalled vehicles could separate and propel debris into the cabin during a crash

Air Bag Defect Prompts Recall of Chevrolet Malibu Vehicles
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December 20, 2016

General Motors (GM) has issued a recall affecting certain model year 2017 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. The right-hand rear side air bag inflator manifold on the affected vehicles may have insufficient welds.

Insufficient welds could cause the inflator to separate and propel air bag debris into the cabin during a crash. Also, the inflator could fail to inflate during a crash, increasing the risk of passenger injury.

Approximately 113 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles are impacted by this recall—all of which were manufactured on November 10, 2016.

GM will notify owners of the recalled vehicles, and dealers will replace the rear side air bag modules, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a specific owner notification schedule for this recall. Owners with further questions can contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020—reference recall number 16146.