The Chevy Malibu Still Exists and It's Being Recalled

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

When was the last time you heard about the Chevy Malibu? It’s easy to forget that the car still exists, but it does, and there’s an interesting new recall for the 2022 and 2023 models.

General Motors is recalling 2,108 Malibus for improper welds on the front impact bar, which could affect how the front impact sensors work in a crash. The automaker said, “the sheet metal blank for the front frame rail outer panel was improperly loaded into the die by the supplier, resulting in a front frame rail that was cut 10 millimeters short of its intended design.”

If a dealer inspects the car and finds the defect, GM will buy back the car instead of issuing a fix. This is likely because of the structural nature of the improperly welded parts and the expense it would take to fix them. It’s also possible that the problem is impossible to restore to a reasonable quality standard. Rumors of the car’s demise have swirled in recent times, so this is not a good sign for its fortunes in the future.

Though recalls are nothing to celebrate, there is a small silver lining for GM. Rather than discover the defect after an accident or problem, a GM Quality Engineer recognized the issue and reported it using the company’s Speak Up for Safety (SUFS) program. The company analyzed the effects on safety sensors and took feedback from subject matter experts. 

[Image: Chevrolet]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Dec 29, 2022

    Bad news for Hertz.

    • Teddyc73 Teddyc73 on Dec 29, 2022

      Other people besides rental companies by these. Last time I rented a car they were all Kias.

  • Teddyc73 Teddyc73 on Dec 29, 2022

    Who doesn't know this car exists? How odd.

  • MYRON MYRON on Dec 29, 2022

    I own a 2011 And have nothing but issues with it

    Dealer can not figure it out Only has 111000 kilometers Electric Problems with BCM and TCM

    Main fuse panel Rear fuse panel

    No start condition Air bag light on

    Have to disconnect neg on battery to reset and restart

    I could carry on for ever

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 30, 2022

      Sorry to hear, I nearly bought an MY10 in 2010 on the block but following scripture picked up my MY08 Grand Prix instead.

  • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Dec 31, 2022

    I have not seen a new Malibu on any chevy lot in at least two years.