General Motors recently issued a recall of close to 474,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles as a result of a problem with the transmissions, which can cause the car to roll away unexpectedly.

According to the car manufacturer, the transmission cables can break and cause the shifter to show that the car is in park when it's actually in gear. There has been four crashes reported to General Motors that was a direct result of the issue, but none of them have resulted in death or injuries.

The recall affects the 2007-2010 model years of the Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company also claims that the recall affects a number of exports in countries overseas.

The problem was discovered when GM was preparing data for a report that was going to the U.S. government for investigation of a similar issue with the transmission cables on the same vehicles.

The performance of the company might suffer in the coming months, especially considering it's facing tough competition from Toyota, Honda and Nissan in terms of sales.