Chevrolet Malibu Recalled for Engine Problems

Patrick Olsen

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Chevrolet is recalling 177,276 of its 2018 Malibu sedans because a software problem could disable the fuel injectors. If that happens, the engine may not start, or might stall while the car is in motion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Chevrolet says the most common effect will be the engine not starting. If this problem occurs, the check engine light will illuminate. The automaker says that a remedy hasn't been determined yet, but affected owners can get loaner vehicles if their car is still under warranty. 

Vehicles involved: 177,276 of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu sedans built from April 25, 2017, through Sept. 20, 2018.

The problem: A software error can disable the engine fuel injectors. If that happens, the engine may not start or, if the car is in motion, the engine may stall.

The fix: A remedy has not yet been determined. Once it has, dealers will update the car’s software at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: GM has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 800-630-2438. GM's number for this recall is N192221960.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V642

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly. 



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