General Motors recalled Pontiac G6 cars manufactured between 2008 and 2010 to repair part of the four-speed automatic transmission that could cause the parked car to unexpectedly roll away. The recall also includes the 2008 to 2010 Chevrolet Malibu and 2007 to 2010 Saturn Aura, for a total of 426,240 vehicles.
General Motors explains that tabs on the end of the vehicle's transmission shift cable can separate, which causes a mismatch between the shift lever's indicated position and the actual gear selection. Drivers with affected vehicles select "Park," but the transmission itself is not in park, and the vehicle can roll away. General Motors installs retainers over shift lever cable endings or replaces the cable when repairing recalled vehicles. Dealers selling "certified pre-owned" vehicles covered under the recall must make repairs before selling the vehicles.
The Pontiac G6 has coupe, convertible and sedan body styles with eight exterior color options. The front-wheel drive cars feature a 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine with double overhead cams that gets an estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The cars have 16-gallon fuel tanks. Buyers can choose from ebony or light taupe cloth interiors. Power door locks, power mirrors, hands-free phone and OnStar come standard on the cars.