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GM Recalls 426,000 Malibus, G6 And Auras

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On: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


GM Recalls 426,000 Malibus, G6 And Auras

GM has recalled 426,240 vehicles that include 2008-2010 Chevy Malibu and Pontiac G6 as well as 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models. It seems that the transmission shift cable end may break, which of course is not a good thing. A broken cable can result in a misalignment of the shift lever and the real position of the transmission gear. So, although the driver may believe the car is in Park, the car may actually be in Reverse or Neutral -- even if the key has been removed. This defect could result in inadvertently dangerous situations for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

GM will provide a free fix for all cars involved with the recall. Owners can reach GM at 1-800-521-7300 with questions or to schedule their appointment.  Read on for the full report.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Chevrolet / Malibu2008-2010
Pontiac / G62008-2010
Saturn / Aura2007-2010
Manufacturer:General Motors LLC
Mfr's Report Date:Sep 08, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V460000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Gear Position Indication (PRNDL)
Potential Number of Units Affected:426,240

Summary:

General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Saturn Aura and model year 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 vehicles, equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission. On these vehicles, the tabs on the transmission shift cable end may fracture and separate.

Consequence:

If the tabs were to fracture and separate, the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match. The driver would be able to move the shifter to 'PARK' and remove the ignition key, but the transmission gear may not be in 'PARK.' The vehicle may not be able to be restarted and the vehicle could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash without prior warning.

Remedy:

GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a retainer over the cable end or replace the shift cable as necessary. This service will be performed free of charge. GM has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.

Notes:

General Motors safety recall number 12106. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov.


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