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Chevrolet Malibu Loss of Power Problem Continues To Leave Drivers Stranded

June 13, 2019 By: LemonLaw Category: Car Lemon Law, chevrolet, chevrolet malibu

The 1 800 LEMON LAW hotline is lighting up with distressed drivers complaining of a loss of power with their Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. Imagine driving a new Malibu on a busy highway, moving at a normal 60 mph, when suddenly you begin to notice your car’s loss of power, with the speed dropping lower and lower, eventually as low as 20mph. This Chevrolet Malibu loss of power problem could put drivers in a very dangerous situation if they aren’t able to get to the side of the road quickly.

It appears the Chevrolet Malibu loss of power issue is caused by a defect with the accelerator in newer models between 2016 and 2018, where GM is using a new electronic sensor in lieu of the mechanical components of older Malibu vehicles.

Law360 recently featured a story about Katrina Hutchinson, who was driving on the Washington Beltway in her new Chevy Malibu when she suddenly began to experience a loss of power. As her vehicle’s speed lowered to unsafe levels, her dashboard read “engine power is reduced” as she barely got herself to safety. This is a similar story to other Chevrolet Malibu clients who have called us for representation.

Mrs. Hutchinson soon went to her dealership to have her accelerator pedal position sensor replaced, only to experience the same problem again a year later. Unfortunately, despite multiple reports about this issue from forums, social media, and even National Highway Traffic Safety Administration complaints, the Chevrolet Malibu loss of power problem is still occurring and it does not appear the manufacturer has a steadfast solution.  

If you are experiencing loss of power with your Chevrolet Malibu, make sure to go back to your GM dealership as soon as possible and that after each visit, you receive a detailed invoice outlining mileage in, mileage out, days out of service, complaint and fix. Once you have been back repetitively for the issue, or the car has been out of service an extended period of time, you may have rights under State and federal laws.  Under these statutes, you could receive a full refund, a brand new car, or significant monetary compensation and best of all, the legal representation is 100% cost-free.

If you are experiencing any loss of power issues in your Chevrolet Malibu, fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form or call us at 1 800 LEMON-LAW (1 800 536 6652) to get back on the road to recovery. We will be happy to review your situation and determine if and how we can help.

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5 Responses to “Chevrolet Malibu Loss of Power Problem Continues To Leave Drivers Stranded”

  1. #1 Marc Lacey says:

    I was driving on I-287 in NJ when all of sudden my 2017 Chevy Malibu said Engine Reducing Power, I pulled the car to the side of the road as it slowed & slowed, when I got safely of the road, I turned the car off an try’d to put it through s complete system reset, that didn’t fix the problem, I try’d 1 more time an low an behold the car wouldn’t even turn over after that, I was stuck on the side of the road for over 3hrs wait’n for Progressive Road Side, now my car is at the Open Road Chevy Dealer on Rt22, they have no idea what the problem is with the car, I’m not happy about this because I had 2010 Malibu, I had that car for almost 8yrs an never had 1 problem with it!!!

    • State: New Jersey
  2. #2 Jamie Akers says:

    I bought my 2012 Chevy Malibu last year it’s been nothin but problems I’ve already had to put a motor in it , a new front end, the window control panel had caught fire leaving me to quickly pull out to stop it and now my car is loosing power fir no reason it’s sayin engine powered reduce I still owe on the car but it’s for a lemon I got and wood like to get it traded for new car

    • State: Oh
  3. #3 Johnathon wlazlinski says:

    I have a 2018 malibu floor model sold as new at 11k miles. This issue has happened to me twice now. The first time the code cleared itself after we had it towed to the dealership and they told us nothing was wrong with the vehicle. It happened again today, but the reduced engine power went away but check engine light is still on. The vehicle is now at 30k miles. Would i be eligible. We havent even had the car for a year yet.

    • State: PA
  4. #4 LemonLaw says:

    @Johnathon: Please give us a call at 800 536 6652 to discuss or visit

    • #5 Marina says:

      I have had this loss of power happen to me twice have had the pedal check Chevy says it was good. But it happened again. Had my break lamp replaced due to a recall an it happened again I own a 2009 Chevy mAlibu wat can I do.

      • State: Ca

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