General Motors Co. has announced a recall of hundreds of thousands of cars that may have problems with their transmissions. The automaker recalled Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac mid-size sedans. This recall includes the Saturn Aura of model years 2007-2010 and the 2008-2010 model years of the Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6.
The affected vehicles have a 4-speed automatic transmission and would have been purchased in the U.S. GM has recalled the 426,000 vehicles because the company is concerned about a potential problem with the transmission that could make the cars roll away after a car's driver has parked and left the car.
Obviously, an unattended runaway/rollaway vehicle is a huge danger to pedestrians and property and could lead to accidents and injuries if left unrepaired. If you own one of these vehicles, GM plans to contact all owners to advise on how to fix the recalled vehicles.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the issue with the cars concerns tabs on the transmission shift cable that have the potential to break and separate in the vehicles. This means that the transmission shift lever may make it look like the car is in park when really the lever has become out of sync with the actual transmission gear, which means that the actual gear could be in neutral or another gear without the driver knowing it. This problem has already led to four accidents, but no injuries were reported. The problem can be fixed by a GM technician.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "GM announces big recall of Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn sedans," Jerry Hirsch, Sept. 21, 2012