Some 8,519 2013 model-year Chevrolet Malibu models built between December 2011 and January 15, 2013 may have rolled off the assembly line with improperly torqued rear suspensions, according to the NHTSA. As a result, this can cause suspension noise, and even sudden changes in handling, which could ultimately lead to loss of control and a crash — though none have reportedly happened yet.
Some nuts in the rear suspension of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu may not have been torqued correctly. Initially this could cause suspension noise and some wayward handling; as the bolts become looser over time, they could eventually give way and cause what General Motors terms “sudden changes in vehicle handling” that could lead to a crash. GM says it has no reports of crashes or injuries resulting from this issue.
Owners of affected Malibus are instructed to visit their local dealership, where the rear suspension and alignment bolts will be inspected, and if need be, adjusted to where they’re supposed to be. If the problem is excessive, dealers have been instructed to give vehicles a full re-alignment. All of which will be free of charge to affected owners.