General Motors Co., the target of U.S. government investigations about its handling of a defective ignition switch in its cars, will repair 56,214 Saturn Aura sedans over transmission cables that can fracture.
The 2007-2008 Saturns may not be able to shift into the park gear if the cables fracture, the largest U.S. automaker said in a notice posted today on a government website. The cars may roll away while drivers and passengers exit, GM said.
It’s the latest in a series of safety campaigns that now cover more than 7 million vehicles for Detroit-based GM, including fixing 2.59 million cars for a defective ignition switch. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra testified in Congress last month and faces additional questions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Saturn owners will be notified directly by GM of the safety defect and will be instructed to take their cars to a dealer when parts are available. A new shift-cable assembly and mounting bracket will be installed.
GM is aware of 28 crashes and four injuries but no fatalities in the past seven years, company spokesman Alan Adler said in an e-mailed statement. The vehicles previously were covered by a 10-year/120,000-mile extended warranty, Adler said.
Other similar vehicles were subject of a safety recall in 2012, Adler said.