— General Motors is recalling nearly 474,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac and
Saturn cars to fix a transmission problem that can cause the cars to
roll away unexpectedly.
The recall affects
2007-2010 Chevrolet Malibus, Pontiac G6s and Saturn Auras in the U.S.,
Canada and Mexico as well as a small number of exports. All the cars
have four-speed automatic transmissions.
says part of the transmission cables can break. That can cause the
shifter to show that the car is in park when it's really in gear. GM
says it knows of four crashes from the problem but no injuries.
will put a retainer over the end of the cables or replace them. Owners
will be told by letter when to set up appointments with dealers.
problem was discovered as GM gathered data for a U.S. government
investigation of a similar problem with transmission cables on the same
GM spokesman Alan Adler said that as
part of the recall, dealers will put retainer covers over both ends of
the cables to fix both problems. In some cases, the whole cable will
have to be replaced.
The government began investigating the cars last year after getting reports of seven crashes and one injury.
In March of 2009, GM recalled about 277,000 vehicles for a similar shift lever problem.
that time the recall involved 2009 model year versions of the Buick
Enclave; Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Malibu and Traverse; GMC Acadia; Pontiac
G5 and G6; and the Saturn Aura and Outlook. Only 75,000 of the vehicles
had been sold, with the rest still at dealerships.
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