GM recalls 56,214 Saturn Aura cars over threat of gear shift failure

The Saturn Division of General Motors displays its The Saturn Division of General Motors displays its 2007 Saturn Aura, on August 10, 2006 in Santa Barbara, California. The five passenger sedan is a full-size vehicle built on the General Motors Epsilon platform that is also the basis for the Pontiac G6 and Chevrolet Malibu. Photo Credit: BLOOMBERG

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DETROIT - General Motors is recalling about 56,214 Saturn Aura midsize cars in the United States because the automatic transmission shifters can fail.

The recall affects certain cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years with four-speed transmissions.

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GM says a shift cable can fracture. If the problem happens while the car is moving, the driver won't be able to shift into "Park" or remove the ignition key. That increases the risk of losing control.

The company will notify owners and replace the cable and mounting bracket at no cost to owners. GM hasn't determined yet when repair parts will be available.

GM says the cars were made between April 24, 2006 and Oct. 31, 2007. GM stopped making Saturn vehicles in 2009 as it headed into bankruptcy protection.

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