2014 Chevrolet Malibu
These 477 vehicles suffer from a problem with steering system. According to GM, "The tie rod threaded attachment to the steering gear rack in these vehicles may not be tightened to specification. With this condition, the tie rod can separate from the steering rack and a crash could occur without prior warning."
Please note: GM says that owners should NOT drive any of the affected vehicles until they've been inspected by a dealer and repaired. (If you own one of the affected vehicles, you should receive word today: GM sent notices yesterday via overnight mail.) The vehicles shouldn't even be driven to dealerships; instead, owners should call GM and arrange to have their vehicles towed in for service.
GM explains that the number of of vehicles is small because the defect was discovered early in the assembly process. The repair involves inspection of the inner tie rods to ensure proper torque. If necessary, GM says that the steering gear will be completely replaced.
So far, only recalls #3 and 1 have been published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, meaning that we have limited details about the service timeline for the others.
As far as recall #3 goes (aka GM recall #14201), Chevy Malibu owners will be notified around May 30, 2014. At that time, they'll be instructed to take their vehicles to Chevrolet dealers, who will conduct the aforementioned software upgrade free of charge.
As explained above, recall 1 (aka GM recall #14204) began yesterday, and owners should receive notice today. Please contact GM for additional details and to make towing arrangements.
For details about the other three recalls, we suggest you contact General Motors customer service at 800-222-1020. If you prefer, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236, but they may not have complete details about all five recalls just yet.