General Motors (GM) Co. has issued a recall for 474,000 specific midsize vehicles to fix a potentially dangerous transmission problem. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the indicated position on the recalled models’ shift levers may not match the actual gear engaged in the transmission, which may cause a risk for a “rollaway” if drivers believe that the vehicle is in the park position. The transmission cables may break, which can cause the shifter to show that the car is in park though it is actually in gear. Affected vehicles include the 2007-2010 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, and Saturn models, which are all equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions. General Motors states that it is aware of four crashes related to the transmission defect, but no injuries.
The recall indicates that dealers will add reinforcement to the shift cable end fitting to prevent it from breaking at no charge to vehicle owners, but in some cases, the entire cable will have to be replaced. Customers who have already had the work done may be eligible for reimbursement. The automotive company will send letters to owners to alert them of the problem and provide instructions on how to schedule appointments with dealers for repairs. For questions regarding the recall, consumers can call General Motors at (800) 521-7300. The recall is expected to begin October 3.
The transmission problem with these GM vehicles was discovered as the company was gathering data for a U.S. government investigation of a similar problem with transmission cables on the same cars. The government began investigating the vehicles in 2011 after receiving reports of seven crashes and one injury.
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