Saturn Vue Transmission Problems

by Amy Derby
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In May of 2008, General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall of certain Saturn Vue vehicles for transmission problems. Registered vehicle owners should have received notice of the recall by mail on or around May 5, 2008.

Transmission Problem

General Motors and the NHTSA recalled select 2008 model year Saturn Vues equipped with 6T70 6-speed automatic transmissions because of a manufacturing defect. In some cases, the transmission case side bore that holds the park pawl pivot pin could have a casting porosity that would lead to the driver being unable to put the transmission in "park."

Safety Risk

According to the NHTSA, this transmission problem could cause an accident or injury. If the driver is unable to put the transmission in the "park" position on a non-level surface, the car could roll without warning and hurt someone and/or cause property damage.


General Motors began notifying affected Saturn Vue owners of the recall on May 5, 2008, per the NHTSA. Recall notifications contained information on which authorized dealers to bring affected vehicles to in order to receive a free replacement of the transmission. Concerned Vue owners who did not receive notification or bought vehicles second-hand after the recall may contact the NHTSA or General Motors to determine whether their vehicles might have been affected.

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