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Airbag and Suspension Problems Plague General Motors’ Chevy and Buick Models

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General Motors will recall 13,680 automobiles located in the U.S. and throughout the world to focus on repair of airbag problems and badly fastened suspension bolts. While the faulty airbags and poorly tightened bolts are not believed to have caused accidents to date, the recalls will begin February 13, according to Reuters article appearing on Yahoo.news.

3,896 2012 Model Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles are being recalled because the driver side frontal airbag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals. If the bar and terminals are in contact at the time of an accident, the airbag will not deploy and the driver could be injured. General Motors is notifying owners about the recall. Dealers are being instructed to replace the steering wheel airbag coil at no charge to the owners. This is NHTSA Campaign Number 13V023000 (an expansion of NHTSA Recall 12V-522), and General Motors Recall 12261.

8,519 2013 Chevrolet Malibu sedans are believed to have poorly tightened suspension bolts which could affect a driver’s ability to handle the vehicle raising the probability of an accident. The vehicles were manufactured from December 6, 2011 through January 15, 2013, and one or more rear suspension bolts may not have been tightened to the specified torque for that vehicle. NHTSA says this may lead to sudden changes in vehicle handling. GM has filed a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the recall is NHTSA Campaign Number 13V024000 and General Motors Recall number 13008. Notification of owners by General Motors has begun and dealers are instructed to inspect and re-tighten the bolts as necessary, with no charge to the owner.

Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 for more information about the both recalls or may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or visit the NHTSA website http: www.safercar.gov