Nearly 60,000 2007-2008 Saturn Aura mid-sized cars have been added to GM’s growing list of recalled vehicles due to problems with the transmission shift cables, which can allow the cars when drivers mistakenly think they are in park. In addition, if the cable snaps, the drivers may not be able to remove the keys from the ignition.
The defect has been responsible for 28 (reported) crashes in the last 7 years. The recall comes nearly 3 years after General Motors covered the Saturns with an extended 10 year/120,000 mile warranty because of the shifter cable problem. It should also be noted that GM recalled nearly 475,000 2007-2010 Saturn Auras, as well as Chevy Malibus and Pontiac G6 cars for a similar complaint in 2012.
GM has already recalled nearly 7 million automobiles and trucks since February of this year, after admitting that it knowingly concealed defects with ignition switches and other problems for more than a decade. The company is currently under investigation by the Justice Department, and NHTSA, as well as two congressional committees on how it got away with the deception and its failure to fix the affected cars for so long. Although GM claims that only 13 people have died in collisions resulting from the switch problems, which unexpectedly caused engines and other systems to shut down immediately, it has been reported by other sources that there are at least 53 wrongful death lawsuits pending against the automaker.