General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles over an issue with the transmission gear selection indicator, which fails to comply with federal motor vehicle safety requirements.
If the console shift indicator does not illuminate the transmission gear selection, a driver could inadvertently select a transmission position other than the position the driver intended, increasing the risk of a crash.
The problem: in the affected vehicles, the console transmission gear selection indicator may not illuminate the shift position selected. If this occurs, then the vehicle fails to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, “Transmission Shift Position Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect.”
Affected vehicles: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu manufactured April 10, 2012, to August 2, 2012.
Number of vehicles affected: 3,690.
The fix: GM began notifying owners on April 20th, 2015. Dealers will replace the transmission gear selection control module, free of charge.
Owners should: ensure their vehicle is part of the recall either by receiving the recall notice, using the national recall lookup tool, or contacting Chevrolet customer service or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and referencing:
- NHTSA campaign number: 15V245000
- GM recall number: 12162
- Chevrolet customer service: 1-800-222-1020
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov