When the cable has separated, the drive shaft may say “Park” or “Drive,” but that may not match the actual transmission gear. The transmission cable has tabs at the ends to facilitate the change between gears. In the case of the recall, the tabs do not match the shown gear for the driver. If you have parked and taken the key from the ignition, you may not be able to restart your vehicle to amend the problem. Even after you have left the vehicle, it may roll away and crash.
General Motors has issued a safety recall to owners, dealers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners with the affected models can bring the vehicle in to GM dealers for a free service of the transmission cable. They will place a retainer over cable tabs that haven’t separated to prevent accidents and replace cables that have already broken.
There are approximately 426,240 cars affected by this recall. The 2008-2010 Chevy Malibu and 2007-2010 Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura are the only cars being recalled. Again, it’s only in effect for 4-speed automatic transmission makes of the vehicles in question.
At this point, there are only four known incidents where the faulty transmission cable caused a crash. Nobody was injured in any of these crashes because the drivers had already exited the vehicles. The cars were parked, or so the drivers thought, and were left on the street. The cars tended to roll down hill when the emergency brake wasn’t engaged.
GM will notify the owners of the recall via letter to invite them for a free service of their vehicle. There’s currently no schedule for notification, but owners may contact GM for more information. The manufacturer’