Chevrolet Malibu, VW Tiguan recalled

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Chevrolet Malibu

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 Chevy Malibu midsize cars to fix window defrosters that might not work and power seat wiring that can catch fire.

The largest of the recalls covers more than 44,000 Malibus from the 2014 model year, including 42,696 in the U.S. GM says a computer that runs the ventilation system can revert to the previous setting even if a driver sets the controls to defrost. The problem occurs when the cars are started. GM dealers will reprogram the computer at no cost to customers. The company says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

GM also is recalling nearly 15,000 Malibus in North America from the 2013 model year because wiring can catch fire.

The company says wires in cars with eight-way power front seats can rub against the seat frames, causing a short circuit that can cause sparking or a fire. The problem also can make the seats move unintentionally, and cause melted wires and smoke, GM said.

The company says it’s aware of two unattended fires that went out on their own. It knows of no crashes or injuries. Dealers will inspect the seat wiring and repair it if needed, at no cost to customers.

Volkswagen Tiguan

BERLIN — Germany’s Volkswagen AG issued a global recall for 800,000 of its Tiguan models, saying it needs to replace a problematic fuse that can cause the cars’ lights to fail.

The company said the replacement should only take minutes and concerns vehicles built between the start of 2008 and the middle of 2011.

VW also asked the owners of 1.6 million vehicles sporting seven-speed, dual-clutch gearboxes to come in for an oil exchange. Models with the DQ200 gearbox can suffer electric malfunctions in hot, humid climates, if synthetic oil is used.


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