General Motors is recalling certain units of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu over an issue with the rear side airbag inflator.
The defect: the right-hand rear side air bag inflator manifold may have insufficient welds.
The hazards: insufficient welds could cause the inflator to separate and proper air bag debris into the cabin during a crash. In addition, the inflator could fail to inflate during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Affected vehicles: 2017 Chevrolet Malibu manufactured on November 10, 2016.
Number of vehicles affected: 113 vehicles (United States figure).
The fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear side air bag modules, free of charge.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Chevy 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, then owners 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: 16146
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 16V870000