General Motors is recalling 426,240 of its sedans for transmission problems that could allow the car to roll away. The recall affects the four-speed automatic transmission in the 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 as well as the 2007-2010 Saturn Aura.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a broken transmission cable could mean that the car won’t shift into park, even when the shift lever is in the correct position. Additionally, the cars might allow drivers to remove the keys from the ignition, even when the transmission is still in first gear. That could mean that owners won’t be able to start the car later. In the worst case, a car still in first gear could roll away, damaging property or injuring people.
So far, there have been four crashes reported, though no injuries have been noted as of yet, according to the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press. However, the Detroit Free Press also writes that the investigation into the three vehicles began after seven crashes and one injury.
If you own one of the models of the Malibu, G6 or Aura that’s equipped with the four-speed automatic transmission, GM will notify you. According to Consumer Reports, the automaker will start getting in touch with owners in early October. If your vehicle has been affected by the recall, you can take it to a GM dealership and they’ll fix it for free. If you don’t receive a notification and think your vehicle may be affected, or if you want to find out more, you can visit the NHTSA website, or call the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
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