General Motors, Chrysler recall vehicles

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General Motors

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators may add nearly 5,000 cars to a recall of the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans.

In May, General Motors announced that it would recall more than 38,000 of the 2012 and 2013 cars because a defective generator control module could stall the engine or cause a fire. The cars have GM’s eAssist gas-electric hybrid system.

Unsold vehicles were not part of the recall, and GM said it would test them to make sure they were OK. But the government says there was a fire in a car that had been tested.

The agency says the fire raises questions about whether the recall should be expanded to nearly 43,000 cars.

GM says the recall is continuing and it’s cooperating in the investigation.

Chrysler

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. — Chrysler is recalling 282,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because the side air bags can deploy on the wrong side in a crash.

Side air bags are supposed to deploy on the side of the vehicle that’s involved in a crash. Chrysler says a software problem is causing its air bags to deploy on the opposing side of the vehicle.

Affected models are the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country and Ram Cargo Van. The campaign involves 224,000 vehicles in the U.S., 49,300 in Canada, 2,900 in Mexico and 5,300 elsewhere.

Chrysler says it began investigating the issue after a customer complaint.

The company says there has been one minor injury related to the defect.

Chrysler will notify affected customers. Dealers will reprogram the software for free.


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