General Motors may have made a few mistakes when it came to the whole ignition-switch debacle, and it will likely be dealing with the consequences for some time to come. But you have to hand it to Mary Barra and her team, because they're determined to clean house and avoid the same mistakes. That's why the biggest of the Big Three automakers in Detroit has been issuing recalls left, right and Renaissance Center. Aside from those vehicles fitted with the faulty ignition switches, GM has recalled over 50,000 Cadillac SRXs, another 50 heavy-duty pickups and some 51,000 full-size crossovers. There are bound to be more to come, and now it's issued another 50k-unit recall over faulty shift cables in the transmission.

The recall affects 2007 and 2008 Saturn Auras fitted with the four-speed automatic transmission manufactured between April 24, 2006, and October 31, 2007. The recall doesn't affect models equipped with the six-speed automatic, or for that matter any of the Aura's Epsilon platform-mates like the Chevy Malibu, Pontiac G6, Opel Signum and Vectra, Saab 9-3 or – carrying over from Fiat's aborted partnership with GM – the Fiat Croma, although many of those models used the same 4T40 transmission employed in the Aura.

In the affected vehicles, the shift cable might fracture while in motion, preventing the transmission from shifting into Park or the ignition from switching off, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures could lead to the car rolling away. Hence the recall of 56,214 units in the United States, owners of which can expect to hear from their dealership in due course to have the necessary components replaced.
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RECALL Subject : Transmission Shift Cable may Fracture/Rollaway
Report Receipt Date: APR 30, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V224000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 56,214
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Saturn Aura vehicles manufactured April 24, 2006, through October 31, 2007, and equipped with a four speed automatic transmission. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may fracture.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the transmission shift cable fractures while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver will not be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, or remove the ignition key. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

REMEDY:
GM will notify owners, and GM dealers will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 14152.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Jai
      • 7 Months Ago
      It isn't news anymore when every other day GM issues a new recall. I'd be surprised if we could go a week without GM admitting that their vehicles are badly built
      Bruce Lee
      • 7 Months Ago
      What's with the weirdly cheerful tone of this article? When Toyota did the same thing it was nothing but negativity from Autoblog, but now that GM is finally recalling stuff they should have years ago it's a great achievement? Surely not because the NHTSA is about to fine the crap out of GM?
      Merc1
      • 7 Months Ago
      Garbage Motors strikes again. M
      Johnny the Monkey
      • 7 Months Ago
      I just can't believe that they sold 56K Saturn Auras
        Jesus!
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Johnny the Monkey
        Why? Its a very good looking car even today. Looks better than any Camry ever made!
          Larry Litmanen
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jesus!
          That's true, but do you really still think that people buy cars based on looks? This is a mid size sedan, people drive their families in it. Not to take anything away from Saturn, and it does look better than Camry.
          Jesus!
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jesus!
          Larry...yes I do, partially. Thats always been the case for the majority. Some people buy what they can afford, and thats understandable. But for the people who have a choice, absolutely. Is it their only requirement? Of course not, never has been and never will be but for many it plays a big role.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Johnny the Monkey
        At the time it was a nice, midsize car.
        downwithlaser
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Johnny the Monkey
        You've obviously never driven, or even ridden along in one. They have a few cheap plastics for the interior, as goes old GM tradition, but the rest of the car is fantastic. It looks great, It's faster than most newer midsize sedans today with the 3.6 V6 and the six speed auto; it has a fantastic, smooth and quiet ride, the seats are comfortable, and it also has some excellent handling. I'm actually surprised that they didn't sell more. It was a much nicer car than the G6.
        kingsway
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Johnny the Monkey
        It is a GOOD car...and..........I have another much older
      Andrew
      • 7 Months Ago
      No big deal no ones been hurt and cudus to GM for fixing unlike FORD who has cars that explode killing people pinto and crown Vic and drive shafts that explode mustang and suv that roll over EXPLODER
      carboy55
      • 7 Months Ago
      As if owning a Saturn Aura wasn't punishment enough. Hey, remember when this car won the "prestigious" North American Car of the Year? Yeah, that was the year I finally realized that it was totally stacked in favor of Detroit junk.
      diffrunt
      • 7 Months Ago
      I wonder if GM forces lowest bids from suppliers at the expense of better engineering . GM "makes " engines & bodies, buys everything else.
      Kit
      • 7 Months Ago
      The J body cars (Cavalier, Sunfire) have had this issue for years, yet no recall.
      Tuga
      • 7 Months Ago
      I don't think any of the EU cars mentioned in the article used a 4 speed auto, which is why they aren't being recalled.
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