Why Was the Neutral Safety Switch Relocated in Vans Manufactured by General Motors After 1995?


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General Motors relocated the neutral safety switches in vans that it manufactured after 1995 because in 1996, the company substituted a shift cable for the shift linkage. Vehicles with automatic transmissions that GM built from 1985 to 1995 use an assembly consisting of a mechanical shift lever and linkage.

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GM moved the neutral safety switches to the side of the transmission assemblies on its 1996 and 1997 van models to accommodate the change to a shift cable. In vans that GM manufactured between 1987 and 1995, the automaker mounted the neutral safety switches onto the steering columns of the vehicles, and the switches were part of the backup light switch systems.

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