In two actions General Motors has recalled about 12,800 vehicles because of a rear suspension problem or a possible air bag malfunction. The suspension problem, which could make the vehicles difficult to control, covers about 8,500 2013 Chevrolet Malibus, the automaker told the safety agency in a letter. The problem is the failure to properly tighten “one or more” rear suspension bolts. GM said the effect would vary depending on the number and location of the bolts, but initially “noise and a minor handling effect may be noticed.” If the problem is not repaired the driver could lose control of the vehicle, “particularly at higher speeds,” according to the automaker. GM said the problem was discovered by a test fleet driver.
The air bag recall covers about 3,896 2012 Buick Veranos and Chevrolet Camaros, Cruzes and Sonics. Last May, GM recalled about 4,300 2013 Malibus because of a possible air bag malfunction. GM says a flaw in the air bag system could keep the bag from properly inflating in a crash. This is an expansion of a recall last year for almost 3,000 Veranos, Cruzes and Sonics, which GM originally didn’t intend to recall until NHTSA asked about a possible problem. The automaker says it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problems.
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