2013 Chevrolet Malibu Recalled
A total of 8,519 units belonging to the 2013 model year Malibu are being recalled due to one or more rear suspension bolts that have not been tightened at the correct values. This can cause sudden changes in the vehicle’s behavior, which increase the risk of an accident. The aforementioned vehicles were assembled between December 6, 2011 and January 15, 2013.
Here’s how GM’s detailed the problem for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): "initially, a noise and a minor handling effect may be noticed. As the condition progresses, sudden changes in vehicle handling could occur and the driver may not be able to control the vehicle, particularly at higher speeds."
The bolts will be re-tightened by dealers and, where this is necessary, the vehicles will also receive a rear alignment readjustment.
If you own one of the affected vehicles, you can contact GM at 1-800-521-7300.