GM Canada recalls about 5,000 Chevrolet Malibus for engine stalls

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General Motors Canada is recalling about 5,000 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedans because their engines might stall or not start due to a software problem.

On certain 2018 model-year vehicles equipped with a 1.5-litre turbo engine, a software error in the engine control module may disable the fuel injectors, Transport Canada says on its website. This could cause the engine not to start. In rare cases, this could also cause the engine to suddenly stall without warning. 

Transport Canada is concerned the malfunction could lead to crashes.

GM Canada, which is recalling 4,656 of the sedans, will notify owners by mail and instruct them to take their vehicle to a dealer to reprogram the engine control module.

Despite a freshening for the 2019 model year, Malibu sales are down an estimated 15 per cent to 4,300 units through August compared with the same period last year. 

The car is expected to continue until at least 2024, when it will cease production and potentially be indirectly replaced by an all-electric vehicle, Automobile News | tomobile.org reported in July

A freshening is possible around 2022 to help the nameplate through the final few years.

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