General Motors is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibu sedans over a potential issue seatbelt.
The defect: 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.
The hazards: if the cable breaks, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury.
Affected vehicles: 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured April 8, 2010, to October 11, 2012.
Number of vehicles affected: 437,045.
The fix: 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 is expected to begin July 3rd, 2015.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this GM recall should visit recalls.gm.com.
On that page, customers can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open recalls as well as customer satisfaction programs. If the vehicle is part of the recall, customers should take it to a Chevrolet dealer.
Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- General Motors Recall Number: 15031
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V269000