General Motors is recalling 430,956 of its vehicles according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The two major recalls include:
Situation: GM is recalling Chevy Malibu and Pontiac G6 sedans for model years 2008 through 2010, and model year 2007 through 2010 Saturn Aura sedans, for an issue with their transmission shift cable. According to the NHTSA, the tabs on the cable may break. The shifter in the Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura may then not work correct, and a vehicle shifted to “Park” may actually roll off and lead to a potential crash.
426,240 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura sedans may be affected by this recall. All affected vehicles are equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions.
Solution: GM will notify Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura sedan owners of the issue, though GM has not provided a timetable at the time of the post. Owners are to bring in their vehicles to the appropriate dealerships. There, GM technicians will examine the cable and either replace it or put a retainer over the cable at GM’s expense.
No accidents, injuries, or fatalities have been reported over the issue. Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura wanting information now may contact GM at (800) 521-7300 and reference GM safety recall number 12106. The NHTSA may also be contacted about the issue; its number is (888) 327-4236 and campaign ID number is 12V460000.
2013 Chevrolet Sonic
Situation: GM has issued a much smaller recall of its 2013 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact hatchback. According to the NHTSA, the Sonic’s body control module, or BCM, may not sense if the turn signal lamp is working properly. Other drivers may not note when the Sonic’s making a turn, potentially leading to a collision. Also, a non-functional turn signal lamp violates federal law.
Solution: 4,716 2013 Chevy Sonic vehicles are affected by the recall. The hatchbacks were manufactured between May 29th, 2012 through August 29, 2012. GM will notify Chevrolet Sonic owners of the recall starting on October 3rd. Owners are to bring in their vehicles to the appropriate dealerships which will reprogram the BCM as well as the Sonic’s fobs as GM’s expense.
No accidents, injuries, or fatalities have been reported over the issue. Chevy Sonic owners may contact GM at (866) 694-6546 for additional instruction or information. Chevrolet Sonic owners may also contact the NHTSA for information; the federal agency’s number is (888) 327-4236 and campaign ID number is 12V454000.