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General Motors Recalls Saturn Auras with Defective Gear Shifts

Tina Robinson3 years ago

General Motors has announced yet another vehicle recall. The latest recall affects about 60,000 Saturn Auras that may display the incorrect gear, resulting in the vehicle rolling unexpectedly, according to ABC News.

Details of the Saturn Aura Recall

GM is recalling approximately 60,000 Saturn Auras with four-speed transmissions to fix gear shifts that may display the wrong gear. GM says the problem is with the transmission shift cable. The shift cable can fracture, resulting in the wrong gear displaying and increase the risk for crashes.

If the cable is fractured while running, the driver won’t be able to shift into “park” or remove the ignition key. GM says it has been aware of the problem for at least a year and has recorded 28 crashes and four injuries associated with the defect.

In a letter to NHTSA, GM said that as of May 23, 2013, the company had plans to reimburse owners for the cost of the repairs. Now that an official recall has been issued, GM will replace the cable and mounting bracket at no cost to owners. It is unclear why a recall was not issued sooner.

Description of the Recalled Saturn Auras

The recall affects Saturn Auras with model years 2007 and 2008 and four-speed transmissions that were manufactured between April 24, 2006 and Oct 31, 2007.

GM Under Investigation

This year alone, GM has recalled over 7 million vehicles, including 2.6 million older compact cars with defective ignition switches. GM is under several federal investigations and inquiries into why the automaker delayed recalling the vehicles for over a decade when documents show it was aware of the defect as early as 2004.

Numerous lawsuits have also been filed in connection to the GM recall from victims and their families, seeking compensation for injuries as well as loss of economic value. 

Last week, GM attorney Ken Feinberg recently met with plaintiffs’ lawyers, Thomas J. Henry and Bob Hilliard, to discuss a possible GM compensation fund.  Details of the fund are still in the works but the early discussions are good news for those affected by the ignition switch recall.

Mr. Feinberg was hired by GM in April to explore options for victims' compensation including a GM fund. Feinberg has worked on other high profile cases in the past such as the BP oil spill and 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

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