Chevrolet Malibu Recalled Due to Unsafe Side Impact Protection

Chevrolet Malibu Recalled Due to Unsafe Side Impact Protection
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March 25, 2016

General Motors (GM) has announced a recall for a sedan with unsafe airbags.

The automaker is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. The two weld studs that mount the front and rear side impact airbags may fracture and separate from the airbag during deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 214, "Side Impact Protection."

Fractured weld studs may allow the side airbag to move out of position during deployment, increasing the risk of injury.

About 3,100 vehicles are included in the GM recall.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side air bag modules, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020.