General Motors Recalls Defective Vehicles

General Motors is recalling more than 275,000 cars and sport utility vehicles to fix a problem with the vehicles’ automatic transmission. According to a news report in, the vehicles are cars and SUVs from the 2009 model year and include: Buick Enclave, Chevy Cobalt, HHR, Malibu and Traverse; GMC Acadia; Pontiac G5 and G8; Saturn Aura and Outlook.

Company officials say the recalled vehicles don’t comply with federal regulations regarding transmission braking, theft protection and rollaway prevention. On some of these defective vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjustment clip may not be fully engaged; the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match. If that happens, the driver might move the gear to “park” and remove the ignition without realizing that the transmission gear is not actually in the park position. This could result in the driver not being able to restart the vehicle or the vehicle rolling away without warning.

When this recall begins, dealers will inspect the shift cable clip. If you have any questions, you may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236.

There is no question that these are extremely dangerous auto product defects that could potentially lead to a serious auto accident. Hundreds of people are injured each year in the United States because of vehicle transmission defects. With these defective GM vehicles that go into “false park” mode, rollaway accidents could occur resulting in serious injury or even death.

In January, the Associated Press reported that many popular models of GM trucks and SUVs were liable to lose their power steering as drivers make slow turns into parking lots. These steering defects have forced GM to settle many lawsuits and even led one state police force to label the condition as a “hazard.” However, GM has not issued a recall and is not even admitting the steering defects exist.

These reports are hardly surprising to us at Bisnar|Chase because we have fought for many consumers against large auto makers, including General Motors. When it comes to auto product defects, denial runs deep in the auto industry. No auto maker likes to admit that their products are defective. If you have been seriously injured because of a defective auto, please contact a renowned California auto product defect law firm that has a track record of successfully standing up to these large auto manufacturers. These types of product defects are symptomatic of a serious lack of quality control within the company. And consumers should not suffer for it. If you have been injured because of these or other defective products, please call my office for more information about how you can pursue your legal rights.