It feels like any GM built in the last 10 years has been pulled back for some sort of repairs. That’s especially true for certain Malibu, Malibu Maxx and Pontiac G6 cars that have now been recalled for the 2nd time this month.
Less than two weeks ago, those vehicles were recalled for a faulty wiring harness that could cause the brake lights to go crazy. Now those same vehicles are being recalled again because the transmission shift cable can break. Once that happens your shifter could be lying to you. For example, you could put the car’s shifter in park only to have it roll away because the transmission was really in neutral. Or you could put the car in reverse only to end up driving into a storefront because the transmission was actually in drive. It’s like a grab bag of fun, without any of the fun.
Here’s the breakdown of the 1.1 million cars that are likely to, well … break down. All the recalled vehicles have automatic transmissions:
- 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu, manufactured between 05/16/03 and 10/05/07
- 2004-2007 Malibu Maxx, manufactured between 06/25/03 and 04/05/07
- 2005-2008 Pontiac G6, manufactured between 05/26/04 and 09/28/07
If you’re confused, concerned or just ticked off you can contact GM at 1-800-553-6000 and refer to recall #14152. GM will eventually notify owners, and GM dealers will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket, free of charge.