The recall affects Chevrolet Malibu Eco models from the 2013 model year and Buick LaCrosse and Regal sedans from 2012 and 2013 which are equipped with eAssist hybrid gas-electric engines. General Motors is recalling Chevrolet Malibu Eco and Buick LaCrosse and Regal sedans with it eAssist mild hybrid system because of a problem with the system control electronics that can create a fire risk.
Overheating of the circuit boards in the generator control module, but it does not involve the eAssist battery,” GM said in a statement. The battery drain affects the vehicle’s conventional 12-volt battery and not the lithium-ion battery that’s part of the hybrid system.
GM said an overheating circuit board could lead to a loss of battery charge and cause the engine to stall.
“In addition, there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke, and, in rare instances, a fire in the trunk,” GM spokesman Alan Adler said in a statement.
Most of the incidents occurred within the first 1,000 miles of operation, GM said and only two led to trunk fires. One was during an October screening in a dealership and the other occurred in March.
No injuries or crashes were reported as a result of the defect, GM said.
GM will notify owners and dealers will test the GCM and replace it, as necessary. The site said GM has not given a schedule notification. But owners should not drive the car with the warning light on and should take the car to a dealer.
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