Recall Alert: 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu and 2005-2008 Pontiac G6

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1.1 million model-year 2004-08 Chevrolet Malibu and model-year 2005-08 Pontiac G6 vehicles equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions. This is an expansion of an earlier recall of the 2007-08 Saturn Aura.

The Problem: In these cars, a shift cable could wear out over time, resulting in a mismatch of the gear position indicated by the shift lever, according to GM. If the cable fractures, the driver may not be able to shift gears, remove the key from the ignition or shift the transmission into Park. The automaker is aware of 18 crashes and one injury among four-speed G6 and Malibu cars.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shift cable and attachment bracket at no charge.

What Owners Should Do: For more info, owners can call GM at 800-553-6000.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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