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GM Recalls 426,240 Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn Sedans For Transmission Problems


2008 Chevrolet Malibu

2008 Chevrolet Malibu

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General Motors is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6, and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura mid-size sedans equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission to fix a transmission problem that could result in a roll away after the vehicles are parked.

2008 Pontiac G6 1SV Value Leader

2008 Pontiac G6 1SV Value Leader

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A notice in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of vehicle potentially affected as 426,240. Documentation from GM (PDF) shows a total of 216,514 Chevrolet Malibu, 176,225 Pontiac G6, and 33,501 Saturn Aura sedans may be affected by the recall, as follows:

2008 Chevrolet Malibu: 92,027 vehicles built from April 2, 2007 to June 27, 2008

2009 Chevrolet Malibu: 61,714 vehicles built from March 19, 2008 to June 23, 2009

2010 Chevrolet Malibu: 62,773 vehicles built from February 23, 2009 to June 14, 2010

2008 Pontiac G6: 105,402 vehicles built from June 25, 2007 to June 13, 2008

2009 Pontiac G6: 47,251 vehicles built from March 11, 2008 to June 12, 2009

2010 Pontiac G6: 23,572 vehicles built from February 24, 2009 to January 4, 2010

2007 Saturn Aura: 1,605 vehicles built from May 1, 2006 to June 26, 2007

2008 Saturn Aura: 31,355 vehicles built from June 27, 2007 to June 27, 2008

2009 Saturn Aura: 537 vehicles built from March 18, 2008 to April 22, 2009

2010 Saturn Aura: 4 vehicles built from April 8, 2009 to May 26, 2009  

2009 Saturn Aura

2009 Saturn Aura

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The problem

According to the NHTSA bulletin, tabs on transmission shift cable end may fracture and separate. If such a condition occurs, the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match.

While the driver would still be able to shift into “PARK” and remove the ignition key, the transmission gear may not be in “PARK.” The door locks may not unlock automatically and the “PARK” indicator lamp would not be illuminated.

Furthermore, the vehicle may not be able to be restarted. It may also roll away after the driver has gotten out of the vehicle. This increases the risk of a crash.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the automaker said it is aware of four crashes attributed to this problem, but no related injuries.

What GM will do

Although no notification schedule has yet been provided, GM will notify owners of 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6, and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura sedans involved in the campaign, instructing them to make an appointment with a dealer for repairs. The dealers will install a retainer over the shift cable end, or replace the shift cable, as necessary. These repairs will be performed at no charge.

Owners of vehicles involved in the campaign with any questions or concerns may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300. Reference the GM safety recall campaign No. 12106.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V460000.

 
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