General Motors is recalling certain units of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu over a faulty memory chip in the electronic brake control module, which could cause braking issues.
The defect: the memory chip in the electronic brake control module (EBCM) may fail and cause the loss of electronically controlled brake systems including anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC). As such, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, “Electronic Stability Control Systems.”
The hazards: if the EBCM fails the primary braking system will still function, however, the loss of ABS and ESC increase the risk of a crash.
Affected vehicles: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu manufactured March 7, 2016 through March 12, 2016
Number of vehicles affected: 66 vehicles (United States figure).
The fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a replacement EBCM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 10, 2016.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Chevrolet Malibu recall should visit recalls.gm.com. There, owners will be able to 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 can also contact Chevrolet customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- GM Recall Number: 39440
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 16V272000