Washington – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling about 3,100 2016 Chevrolet Malibus for faulty side-impact air bags in the seats that can break apart.

The agency said the defective air bags, supplied by Japanese auto part manufacturer Takata, have two weld studs that mount the front and rear side-impact air bags. Those studs can break and separate from the bag during deployment.

“Fractured weld studs may allow the side air bag to move out of position during deployment, increasing the risk of injury,” the agency said in a recall notice posted on its website on Friday.

General Motors Co. officials said the recall is not related to broader problems with Takata air bag inflators that have impacted numerous automakers.

The automaker said the air bag is supplied by Takata, but uses an inflator from ARC Automotive. “The condition relates to the integrity of the studs that hold the assembly to the seat frame, not the performance or safety of the inflator,” GM said.

The company said the problem was discovered during routine testing. There have been no reports of injuries.

GM will notify owners of the defect. Dealers will replace the air bag modules at no cost to owners.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a replacement schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020.

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