General Motors has announced a Saturn Aura recall, involving the 2007 to 2010 model year of that sedan, along with the 2008 to 2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6. The issue is the transmission shift cable, which can break and fail to fully select a gear, especially park.
GM announces Saturn Aura recall
General Motors has announced a recall of the Saturn Aura, a mid-size sedan from the now-defunct Saturn brand, according to the Los Angeles Times. Saturn, for those that don’t remember, was one the brands that General Motors shuttered in the midst of its bankruptcy and bailout by the federal government. The only brand to get spun off completely was Saab, but it hasn’t exactly fared too well since then.
The Aura shared platforms with the Chevrolet Malibu and the Pontiac G6, both similarly sized sedans, which are also included in the recall.
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The recall is for the 2007 to 2010 Saturn Aura and the 2008 to 2010 model year Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 sedans equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Almost half a million cars in recall
There are 426,240 affected cars in the United States, according to the Huffington Post, along with 40,029 affected cars in Canada. There are an additional 7,572 cars affected worldwide in the Saturn Aura recall.
The issue is with the locking tabs on the transmission shift cable, according to AutoBlog. The tabs can fray and shatter, leading to the cable loosening. As a result, this can weaken or even sever the connection between the shifter and the transmission. The issue can have the effect of the shifter being moved into “park,” which it will appear to be in, but the transmission will not be, posing a safety problem.
The transmission can even remain in park after the key is removed from the ignition, despite the display panel reading that the car is in “park.” This poses a danger to motorists, who should keep an eye out for the issue and perhaps put on the parking brake until the repair has been completed.
Recall begins soon
The recall is set to begin in the near future, but General Motors has not, according to the NHTSA recall notification on AutoBlog, set a date for the Saturn Aura recall to begin. However, GM is going to be contacting owners “soon.” Hopefully before any cars roll out of the owner’s driveway, which would be frustrating if they just bought their car recently and are still working on paying off the car bank loan.
The fix will be to either fit the transmission shift cable with a retainer on the end or replace the shift cable as needed. Owners will have to take their cars to a GM service center, where the fix will be done, free of charge.