May 21, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

General Motors has issued a recall of approximately 42, 904 vehicles due to an electrical system defect.  The following vehicles are included in the recall class:  2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles equipped with eAssist. These vehicles may have a condition in which the Generator Control Module (GCM) may not function properly leading to a gradual loss of battery charge and the illumination of the malfunction indicator light. If the vehicle is continues to be driven, the engine may stall, there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke, or possibly a fire in the trunk.

A recall schedule has not been set but once determined, dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge.  Owners may contact General Motors directly at 1-800-521-7300 and reference safety recall no. 13136. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V173000.

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.