GM recalls 56,214 Saturn Auras for transmission cable issue

GM stopped making Saturns in 2009 -- the same year it filed for bankruptcy protection.

UPDATED: 5/6/14 9:09 am ET - adds GM statement

DETROIT (Reuters) -- General Motors Co. is recalling 56,214 Saturn Aura mid-sized cars in the United States because the automatic transmission shifters may fail, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators.

The automaker is recalling certain 2007 and 2008 model Aura cars equipped with four-speed transmissions because the transmission shift cable could break, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If the cable breaks while the car is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, he or she may not be able to shift to "park" or remove the ignition key, according to the NHTSA documents. That could increase the risk that the car rolls away if the driver does not apply the park brake.

GM, in a statement, said it is aware of 28 crashes and four injuries but no fatalities over the last seven years. The Saturns previously were covered by a 10-year/120,000-mile extended warranty, GM said, and similar vehicles were subject of a safety recall in 2012.

Another 3,414 vehicles in Canada are covered by the recall, the company added.

GM will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket at no charge, according to the NHTSA documents. The company has not yet provided a notification schedule.

The automaker, which is also dealing with the recall of a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, stopped making Saturn cars in 2009, the same year it filed for bankruptcy protection.



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