• Mar 13, 2009
Citing a defect that can cause a parked vehicle to roll away, General Motors is recalling 277,000 cars and trucks. The models involved, all built for the 2009 model year, may have a loose clip on their transmission shift cable. The failure of the clip to be locked into place may prevent the transmission from moving into Park – even if the driver moves the shift lever into the proper position. GM has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that dealers will inspect the transmission shift cable and replace broken units. Affected models include the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Pontiac G5, Pontiac G6, Saturn Aura and Saturn Outlook. NHTSA Safety Campaign after the jump.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V073000

Summary:

GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING 276, 729 MY 2009 BUICK ENCLAVE, CHEVROLET COBALT, HHR, MALIBU, TRAVERSE, GMC ACADIA, PONTIAC G5, G6 AND SATURN AURA AND OUTLOOK PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLES SAFETY STANDARD 102, "TRANSMISSION SHIFT POSITION SEQUENCE, STARTER INTERLOCK, AND TRANSMISSION BRAKING EFFECT", AND FMVSS 114, "THEFT PROTECTION AND ROLLAWAY PREVENTION". ON SOME OF THESE VEHICLES, THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT CABLE ADJUSTMENT CLIP MAY NOT BE FULLY ENGAGED. IF THE CLIP IS NOT FULLY ENGAGED, THE SHIFT LEVER AND THE ACTUAL POSITION OF THE TRANSMISSION GEAR MAY NOT MATCH. WITH THIS CONDITION, THE DRIVE COULD MOVE THE SHIFTER TO "PARK" AND REMOVE THE IGNITION KEY, BUT THE TRANSMISSION GEAR MAY NOT BE IN "PARK".

Consequence:

THE DRIVER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RESTART THE VEHICLE AND THE VEHICLE COULD ROLL AWAY AFTER THE DRIVER HAS EXITED THE VEHICLE, RESULTING IN A POSSIBLE CRASH WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND ENSURE THAT THE SHIFT CABLE ADJUSTMENT CLIP IS FULLY ENGAGED. IN THE EVENT THAT THE CLIP DOES NOT ENGAGE, THE SHIFT CABLE WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MARCH 24, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463, PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668 AND SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876 OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:

GENERAL MOTORS RECALL NO. 09041. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually this sounds more like a assembly/production issue, not design. From the article, if the clip is engaged properly, there's no problem. Someone in charge of plant assembly screwed up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do people not use parking brakes now? I always do, regardless of which vehicle I'm in (manual or auto).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always use my parking brake, manual or automatic, hilly or flat. I was taught to use it when I was learning to drive and it's became second nature... I didn't even know there were people in the world that didn't use theirs. LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, people with automatic transmissions do not use the parking brake now. I can't say whether they ever did, but if so, it was a long, long time ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Depends where you live. People who live in hilly areas always use their parking brakes, automatic or not. I moved from San Francisco (hills) to the midwest for school (no hills) and no one here uses the parking brake, which I find completely stupid since thats what the parking brake is for - parking. I'll always use my parking brake.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I drive a manual, so I use my parking brake. But I owned an auto a while back. If I was on a flat surface I never used it, only if I was on a hill.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with Franz. I always put my parking break on before I put my car in park. It's a habit now. You always need to put it on in a stick-shift car too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is one ugly car...I have no real problem with the regular G6, but this is just terrible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, making the pontiac grill look like rabbit teeth is just dumb.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least they are not trying to brush it under the rug like a certain other automaker does...
      • 5 Years Ago
      277,000 models? That's GM alright.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those 277,000 represent 11 models, but only 4 platforms. A good illustration of GM's too many brans, too many models problem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe GM should just call them Service Bulletins. Nah, I guess we will leave the sneakiness to Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Best post of the day!!

        It bothers me that everyone sees Toyota as the leader in quality...yet that have just as many, if not more recalled vehicles that GM does in a given year.

        • 5 Years Ago
        From 1990 to 2009 Toyota has had 369 recalls. Chevrolet ALONE had over 1700 in the same time period.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As far as quality goes, I'm not that worried about recalls whether they are from GM, Toyota, or whoever. You're not paying for it, so to me it's not a big issue. The same goes for reliability for the first 3 years (or longer) when the car is still under warranty. That' all covered. Though it would make me worry that it was going to be a troublesome car later in it's life when I'd have to pay for it.

        What I'm worried about is it's reliability from the time the warranty expires intil around 150K when I'd get rid of it. That's what costs you money. That's why J.D. Power's initial quality ranking don't mean much to me. They are essentially reporting build quality, which gets fixed under warranty, not the long term life of the parts, which is more an engineering issue.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always use the parking brake, if it´s there, use it.

        GM is so busted off, they are going to send bricks for putting in the wheels while parked, as this is the cheaper fix. Too bad they rejected 2 Billion that could have been used for the repairs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A buddy of mine's girlfriend JUST had her G6 serviced for this last weekend. She has an '09 so I'm guessing it was covered under warranty. Still, craptacular to say the least.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hm... parked vehicles roll away? Could this be an elaborate scheme to move GM's vehicles off dealer lots?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bravo my friend, Bravo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM is pathetic. The US government should let GM resolve their own problems. Don't lend them a penny. If we keep lending, then management will keep making poor decisions because they know they'll always be bailed out. If we're going to keep bailing them out, then management needs to be fired and must give up all their pay since the day they started working at the company. And if they can't come up with the money, throw them in jail. That should give them incentive to work for the best interest of the company and the taxpayers. GM should have 3 brands at most. Chevy and Cadillac for US market and Buick for China. Cut all those other brands loose!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonder what the task force will be thinking now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To the folks who in the Toyota truck recall story the other day complained that Toyota hides its recalls while the domestics announce them "protect their customers" - notice how in this article that a NHTSA investigation prompted this recall from GM. I'm telling you folks - no car company does a recall out of kindness - its a calculated decision weighing the recall cost vs lawsuits. But if one wants to have blind faith in companies with poor business decisions, hey, its your money to waste.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Agreed. It's ugly (the recall; I'm not too worried about that G6 there), but at least GM is honest about these quality issues.
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