The recall of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu stems from a problem with the vehicle's heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system, or HVAC. The controls for the HVAC may not operate properly, which could prevent drivers from carrying out important tasks like defrosting the windshield. The problem appears to stem from a software glitch in the HVAC control module. If the glitch occurs, the system will revert to the setting selected when the vehicle was last driven. If that setting was not defrost mode, it cannot be selected and the driver may be unable to clear the windshield, which could lead to decreased visibility.
In the affected 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles, the wiring harness could wear against the seat frame, rubbing through the insulation and exposing a circuit on the harness. If that happens, the circuit could short out, which may result in an open circuit breaker, unintended movement of the seat, sparking, flickering lights, melted wiring, smoke, or a fire in an unattended vehicle. There have been two fires associated with this recall. No one has been injured.
The recall includes over 60,000 2013-2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu recall only includes those models equipped with the eight-way power seat for drivers and front-seat passengers.
Car dealerships nationwide.
What To Do:
Return affected vehicles to a Chevrolet dealer. Dealers will reprogram the HVAC model in 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. Dealers will inspect the wiring harness and repair it if necessary in 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. For more information, call Chevrolet Customer Service at (800) 950-2438.
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