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GM recalls 4,271 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, Chevrolet Malibu vehicles over defective controls

GM 2013 Buick LaCrosse Photo: Edmunds

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

General Motors (GM) is recalling 4,271 model year 2010-2013 Buick LaCrosses, model year 2012-2013 Buick Regals, and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibus sold or ever registered in a considerable number of states in the United States (US).

ConsumerConnect gathered these include states, such as Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia (DC), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine and Maryland.

Others are Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.

The vehicles, GM said, may have rear toe links that received an improper amount of electrocoating (e-coat) corrosion protection, which could cause the e-coat to become brittle and break away when contacted by road debris.

Over time, the e-coat may chip away, exposing the metal toe link and making it more susceptible to corrosion, agency report noted.

Corrosion may eventually cause the toe link to thin and ultimately fracture.

A rear toe link fracture may reduce the driver’s ability to control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash, said the General Motors.

In respect of what to do in rectifying this defect, the automobile manufacturer said dealers would replace the rear suspension toe links and adjuster fasteners free of charge.

The firm stated that interim notification letters notifying owners of the safety risk would  be mailed February 7, 2022, whereas a second notice would be sent once a remedy is available, report said.

Meanwhile, affected vehicle owners may contact Buick Customer Service on (800) 521-7300 or Chevrolet Customer Service on (800) 222-1020.

GM’s number for this recall is N212346640.

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