That's no Saturn Vue – that's the brand-new (sort of) Chevrolet Captiva Sport, only available to most Americans through the magic of the rental car lot. And while we haven't heard much about the General Motors fleet-only crossover since its debut a little over one year ago, it's making headlines now because of a potentially faulty parking brake.

According to an official notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "The park brake cable may not be fully seated in its connector and may separate from the connector." Should that happen, the parking brake won't hold the car in place.

A total of 2,070 Captiva models are affected, all of which were built between April 26 and May 17 of this year.

The recall is expected to begin in mid-July, and Chevrolet dealers will inspect and repair the parking brake cables free of charge. Given how recall-related repairs have been a hot button topic for America's rental car agencies as of late, it will be interesting to see how quickly these Captivas get fixed. For the full details on the problem, scroll down to read the NHTSA report.
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Vehicle Make / Model: CHEVROLET / CAPTIVA SPORT
Model Year(s): 2012
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
Mfr's Report Date: JUN 26, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V301000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: PARKING BRAKE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,070

Summary

GENERAL MOTORS LLC (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHEVROLET CAPTIVA SPORT PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 26, 2012, THROUGH MAY 17, 2012. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE PARK BRAKE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 135, "LIGHT VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEMS." THE PARK BRAKE CABLE MAY NOT BE FULLY SEATED IN ITS CONNECTOR AND MAY SEPARATE FROM THE CONNECTOR. IF THIS OCCURS, THE PARK BRAKE WILL BECOME INOPERATIVE AND WILL NOT HOLD THE VEHICLE.

Consequence

IF THE VEHICLE IS ON AN UNEVEN SURFACE, THIS COULD RESULT IN UNINTENDED VEHICLE MOVEMENT AND A CRASH.

Remedy

GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND ENSURE THAT THE PARK BRAKE CABLES ARE CONNECTED AND SECURE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON, OR ABOUT, JULY 18, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE CHEVROLET OWNER CENTER AT 1-866-694-6546.

Notes

GM'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 12127. 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 HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've seen a few of these. I always thought that because GM had so many leftover parts from Saturn and legally they couldn't continue to build under the Saturn name that they just used the leftover to build a couple thousands of these to use up all the parts then quit. I didn't know this was an actual "new" model. But I guess it is a good way to avoid having the Equinox go to rental fleets and bring down resell. Even when the rental car companies turn these loose on the used car market this is still a decent mode of transportation for someone who doesn't care deeply about their choice. As I recall the Saturn Vue was never a terrible car anyways.
      Hodgedog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy crap this explains the vehicle I saw on the interstate last month and could NOT for the life of me recall the model name I saw on the tail.
      Ginger
      • 2 Years Ago
      @Al /Concetta , You're an idiot! You dare to use the US flag as your icon, and trash Chevrolet? The parts for your cheap vehicles will, in the end, cost you more than a quality vehicle,to start with. DUH!!!
        richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ginger
        Your right Ginger, he probably puts an American flag sticker on his Japanese car, and thinks he`s a patriot.
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad they're fixing the brake. If I ever use the car as a get away vehicle, I know the handbrake will work when I need to do a spin-turn.
        Paul
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard
        We used to call it a bat turn just like batman.
      Ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Al/Concetta: Same old stereotypical, out of date opinions. You obviously haven't seen the latest Powers quality ratings. American cars are among the best in the world, especially for the money. Just look into the vaunted quality of German cars, Audi for instance. A great way to pay a lot and get unreliability.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had never heard or seen of this rebadge and lo and behold - I was driving down the freeway after work and saw one after I read this article earlier today. What a coincidence, and it was in the same color as the one in the photos.
      ECU tuner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of course the UAW trolls on Autoblog will tell us about how American cars are so damn reliable, they don't fall apart at 20k miles, they don't have cheap itneriors, they don't have shitty build quality, they don't light on fire when they get into a crahs, etc etc. There constant recalls proves them wrong. Another day, another Big 3 recall. Japanese cars FTW.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ECU tuner
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          ECU tuner
          • 2 Years Ago
          Japanese recalls are less serious. American and European ones are much, much worse.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ECU tuner
        If ECU is not Japanese, he is starting to talk like he is after spending too much time in a Honda with a big spoiler, ugly decals and a big fart can muffler....
          ECU tuner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          I have a 2008 Lexus IS-F my friend. My Honda-with-big-spoiler-and-fart-can days are long gone. And I'm not Japanese.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          Actually, I don't think you have an IS-F, enjoy your 2012 Civic.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          You are an insult to drivers of the IS-F.
        undeadMonkey93
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ECU tuner
        The Captiva was developed by GM Daewoo. Try again.
        Tiberius1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ECU tuner
        OK, whatever...and what is a crahs?? And how would it light a fire?? So 'There'. Or would it be 'their' in your speak?? And for what it is worth, I am no fan of the UAW. And I bet my car require mor torque to tighten it's lugnuts than your crappy little riceburner makes!!
          ECU tuner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tiberius1701
          Will your car still be able to produce more torque when it is stalled to the side of the road farting black smoke, just like EVERY American car here in California is, right now, with 100 degree temperature?
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tiberius1701
          ECU: funny you should mention the heat. The outside temperature indicator in my car (a 2000 Infiniti I30, for what its worth) was reading over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for a good portion of the day, and I did NOT see anybody broken down along the side of the road here (Chicagoland suburbs). If anything, MY car was the one in danger of breaking down, as she kept trying to overheat on me with the A/C on. What do you have to say to that?
        mchlrus1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ECU tuner
        Every major car company has recalls. Look up stats for recalls and you'll find that at least domestics report them before they go bad. They don't procrastinate like Toyota.
          ECU tuner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mchlrus1
          Domestic recalls are much more serious than Japanese.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most people never use the parking brake anyway (and they also incorrectly call it the emergency brake; it isn't).
      masonperegrine
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've yet to see one of these...they're a stupid as hell idea anyways.
        Tiberius1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @masonperegrine
        Why? GM has the tooling paid for and it is a fairly recent model, and a pretty good one at that. Sometimes waht doesn't appear to make sense on the surface makes sense when you dig a little.
      RobbieP
      • 2 Years Ago
      How long would it take for most people to find a problem with a parking brake ... where I live (Los Angeles) since I never use it ... forever!
        ViperGuy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RobbieP
        So true! Who uses the parking brake in an automatic? The one automatic car i had i never used it. Now all i drive are sticks so i always use them .
          RobbieP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ViperGuy
          I know you should use the parking brake, I learned on a stick in England, but now I never use it ... well perhaps I would on the hills of San Francisco!
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ViperGuy
          I'm one of the few that do. Technically, you're supposed to use it whenever you park.
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ViperGuy
          So you basically rely on a small piece of metal in the transmission to hold 4000 lbs of glass and steel in place? The parking brake should always be used, they don't put it in the car because they think it's a fun optional item, it's a safety device that also takes the pressure/weight off of that 1/2 inch teeny piece of metal. Every year you hear of a car that the owner put into park, but it rolls down the hill anyways, this prevents that. Such a simple to use, 1/2 second item that should always be used.
      J*zz Muff
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw one of these at the Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee, WI about a month ago and remember thinking "man, somebody REALLY isn't proud of owning a Saturn Vue". Thank you for solving this mystery!
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Dr. Claw
        • 2 Years Ago
        HIDEOUS? Have you seen the Pontiac AzzTek? That's hideous. This is just a Saturn Vue/Opel Antara with a Chevy badge.
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