General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a recall for certain 2013 model year Chevy Malibu, Buick Regal and Buick LaCrosse vehicles over an issue related to the rear toe links.
The problem: affected vehicles may have rear toe links that received an excessive amount of electrocoating (e-coat) corrosion protection at the factory. This can cause the e-coat to become brittle and break away when contacted by road debris.
The hazards: over time, the e-coat may chip away completely, exposing the metal toe link and making it more susceptible to rust/corrosion. Corrosion may eventually cause the toe link to thin and ultimately fracture. This will increase the risk of a crash, as a vehicle with a broken rear toe link will be very hard to control.
The fix: dealer technicians will be instructed to replace the rear suspension toe links and adjuster fasteners. These repairs will be performed at no cost to the vehicle owner.
Affected components: rear suspension toe links, rear adjuster fasteners.
Number of affected vehicles: neither GM nor NHTSA have said how many vehicles are affected by this particular problem. Only vehicles that were sold or ever registered in cold weather states are affected. This includes the following: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Owners should: GM will notify owners of affected vehicles and instruct them to make an appointment with their dealer. If owners are unsure whether or not their vehicle is affected by this recall, they can visit my.gm.com/
- GM recall number: N212330130
- NHTSA campaign number: 21V633000
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- Buick Customer Service: 1-877-248-2080
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153