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Select models Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Auras are being recalled due to a wiring problem. The problem could affect the brake lights, which could fail to illuminate when applied or light up when not warranted. Cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist operation could also be disabled.
Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs are being recalled due to an improperly tightened tie rod attachment may allow the tie rod to separate from the steering rack, resulting in a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
2014 Malibu midsize cars are also being recalled because if the hydraulic boost assist is disabled, slowing or stopping the vehicle will require additional brake pedal effort and a lengthened stopping distance. Both of these effects increase the risk of a crash.
The first recall affects about 2.4 million vehicles, including 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, and 2007-2010 Saturn Auras.
About 477 trucks and SUVs are also being recalled, including 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vehicles manufactured May 23, 2013, through March 25, 2014, 2014 GMC Sierra vehicles manufactured May 25, 2013, through March 31, 2014, and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014, through March 27, 2014.
The recall also affects about 140,000 model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through May 2, 2014, and equipped with a 2.5L engine with the auto stop/start option. The affected vehicles may experience a complete loss of brake vacuum assist, disabling the hydraulic boost assist. As such, these vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
What To Do:
Owners of the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Auras may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020.
Do not drive Silverados, Sierras, and Tahoes until they have been inspected and repaired. Owners should contact GM to have their vehicles towed to the dealership. GM notified all owners of the pickups and SUVs, and dealers will inspect the inner tie rods to make sure that they are correctly tightened, replacing the steering gear, as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14204.
GM will notify 2014 Malibu owners, and dealers will update the electronic brake control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 30, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020. General Motors number for this recall is 14201.