Due to a software defect in the slide or tilt function for the roof panel, General Motors will recall 87,063 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles that were manufactured from October 24, 2011 to March 5, 2015. The models include the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Malibus. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 18, which relate to Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems. In the affected vehicles, the Slide or Tilt switch for the roof panel may not be adequately recessed to prevent the switch from inadvertently being pressed. Thus, the roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed and the roof panel may auto close unexpectedly.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the Body Control Module (BCM) software to remove auto-close feature for certain switch positions, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 15176.
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