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Recall of the Week: General Motors recalling 426,000 sedans due to defective transmission shift cables

General Motors is recalling 2007-2010 Saturn Aura models and 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 models, which are equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions.

About 426,000 sedans are involved in the recall.

On these vehicles, the tabs on the transmission shift cable end may fracture and separate, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement.

If the tabs fracture and separate, the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match. The driver would be able to move the shifter to “Park” and remove the ignition key, but the transmission gear may not be in “Park.” The vehicle may not be able to be restarted, and it could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash without prior warning.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a retainer over the cable end or replace the shift cable, if needed, at no cost.

GM hasn’t provided a notification schedule, the administration said. Owners can contact General Motors at 800-521-7300.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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