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General Motors recalls eAssist models

Certain vehicles fitted with the General Motors eAssist light electrification system are to be recalled.

According to GM, some of the vehicles may have a condition that means the Generator Control Module does not function properly: potentially causing a gradual loss of charge and prompting the malfunction indicator light to illuminate.

The models in question are 2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal vehicles; as well as the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco (pictured).

Chevrolet Malibu Eco 2013

GM suggests that if the warnings are not adhered to, engines could stall or the vehicle may not start. There could also be a risk of fire with a burning or melting odour.

The eAssist system is actually standard in the Buick Regal starting with the 2013 model. It also became standard in the Buick LaCrosse luxury saloon car from the 2012 model year onwards.

The latest models include a 32-cell, 115V lithium-ion battery pack; as well as an electric motor-generator that can provide 115kW of maximum generating power. It is matched with a 2.4litre engine and provides an electrical boost that can help the engine at low speeds or on inclines when fuel consumption is typically at its highest.

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Paul Lucas

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