GM car recall may expand, Hyundai complaints investigated
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.
Safety regulators are also investigating complaints that the Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle can suddenly lose power.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has two complaints that the right-front axle shaft can fail on 2013 models.
The investigation covers about 50,000 vehicles. Investigators will determine if the problem is big enough to require a recall.
No injuries or crashes have been reported.
In both complaints, owners reported a loud noise and said their SUVs wouldn't move. In both cases the vehicles had less than 5,000 miles on them.
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