General Motors has been dealing with serious car recall issues since the beginning of the year, with many deaths and injuries related to troubles that were allegedly swept under the rug. Most recently, the company decided to recall more than 59,000 Saturn Aura’s due to a automatic transmission shifter that could fail.
At this time, GM said it is aware of 28 accidents related to the issue, which resulted in four injuries. These crashes have taken place over the past seven years.
Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show just how big of a problem this is, as the recall affects some 2007 and 2008 Aura models with a four-speed automatic transmission.
In a vehicle with one of these defective products, it is possible that the transmission shift cable could break. If this happens while the car is being driven, it is possible that the driver would not be able to put the vehicle in park. As a result, this increases the chance of the car rolling away, subsequently leading to an accident.
This is not the first time this problem has plagued GM, with the company recalling approximately 474,000 Aura, G6, and Malibu models in 2012.
GM is well aware that it is facing some serious issues regarding defective products. This recall was a must, being as it can lead to injury or even death. As of now, it is believed that four people have been injured due to this defective part. In the event that somebody drives a car that is not fixed by the company, an accident is a possibility.
Source: Reuters, “GM recalls 59,628 Saturn Aura cars for transmission cable issue” Ben Klayman, May. 06, 2014