General Motors is recalling some 426,240 sedans that may have a faulty transmission shift cable, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report this morning. The recall concerns a fault within four-speed automatic transmissions equipped on 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models, and 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 models.

The report specifies that tabs on the transmission shift cable may fracture and separate. Such a fault could cause a discrepancy between the actual position of the transmission and the apparent position of the shift lever.

GM is currently working to notify owners of the vehicles in question, and dealers will check and replace shift cables free of charge. Scroll down to read the complete NHTSA report.
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Vehicle Make / Model / Model Year(s):

CHEVROLET / MALIBU / 2008-2010
PONTIAC / G6 / 2008-2010
SATURN / AURA / 2007-2010

Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Mfr's Report Date: SEP 18, 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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      Michael Page
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny, I've owned two 80's Chevy trucks and a g-body monte for over a decade. One all, you would change gears on the steering column and the trans indicator would always stay on "P". 30 +/- years and they still can't do it right.
      Lola Baker
      • 4 Months Ago
      I received to recall notices about this cable problem and one about the brakes they say they are concerned about my safety but the parts are not available and they can't tell me when they will be. My concern is that i am already experiencing problems as described in the recall and i am afraid to drive it as it is my only vehicle. Living on social security i can not afford another car or repair to this one.Don't know what to do !!
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        Oscar
        • 2 Years Ago
        ....and address the antiquated 4 sp tranny issue as well. Expect silence RF.
        Oscar
        • 2 Years Ago
        ....and address the antiquated 4 sp tranny issue as well. Expect silence RF.
      krumne
      • 2 Years Ago
      typical quality from the unions
      krumne
      • 2 Years Ago
      typical quality from the unions
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Recalling GM cars to fix their faulty designs, crappy build quality, or substandard materials is not fair to the people who built them. It might hurt their feelings.
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        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nice douche move. Try redirecting GM's mess towards the Pinto from 40 years ago.
        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nice douche move. Try redirecting GM's mess towards the Pinto from 40 years ago.
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        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        Must be good bean counters because they did not file bankruptcy.
      TPGIII
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've got one of these. Proof positive that GM shouldn't be allowed to make cars. I will never get another GM car.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Recalling GM cars to fix their faulty designs, crappy build quality, or substandard materials is not fair to the people who built them. It might hurt their feelings.
      TPGIII
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've got one of these. Proof positive that GM shouldn't be allowed to make cars. I will never get another GM car.
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