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Breaking Transmission Cables Leads to Recall of 426,000 GM Vehicles

By Alpert Schreyer on October 2, 2012

General Motors (GM) has issued a recall in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of approximately 426,240 vehicles due to transmission defects. According to reports by The New York Times, problems with the transmission shift cable may cause the cars to improperly shift gears, leading to accidents and other complications.

The tabs on transmission shift cables have been fracturing and separating on recalled vehicles. If this occurs, the shift lever showing what gear the car is in and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match. For example, a vehicle may not actually be in park even though the transmission is in the “park” position. This could result in the car being unable to restart once turned off or the car rolling away when parked. GM has reported that there have been four reported crashes related to the defect.

Recalls have been issued for Chevrolet Malibus from model years 2008 through 2010, Pontiac G6 vehicles from model years 2008 through 2010, and Saturn Auras from 2007 through 2010. GM will be notifying owners of the recall and either installing a retainer over the end of the cable or replacing the shift cable, depending on the need of the defect, without charge.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a vehicle’s defects, the Charles County auto product liability lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can create an aggressive and well-rounded case to prove the fault of manufacturers and find fair compensation for your losses. For a free case evaluation on your case by our experienced legal team, call (844) 632-7274.

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