GM Cadillac XTS Recall
63,900 Cadillac XTS Sedans Recalled for Brake Problems, Vehicle Fires
General Motors has announced a nationwide recall for 63,900 2013 and 2014 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans due to an issue with the vehicles’ brake system.
DETAILS OF THE CADILLAC XTS RECALL
According to the company, a plug in the brake system can come loose, resulting in corrosion. This corrosion can cause the brake system to overheat and start a fire in the engine-compartment.
So far, the automaker has confirmed two reports of fires in dealer-owned cars and two reports of warranty claims made in connection to the brake system defect.
OTHER GM RECALLS OF 2014
- The Cadillac XTS recall was announced at the same time as two other recalls: one for faulty airbags found in four SUV models and another for unapproved airbags found in two full-size van models.
- These three recalls came as a result of an internal investigation being conducted in connection to a February recall for 1.65 million vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches.
- One month prior, General Motors announced that it would be recalling 1.65 million vehicles equipped with defective ignition switches.
- The ignition switches in the vehicles could inadvertently move out of the “on” position and into the “off” or “accessory” positions, cutting power to the engine.
- Such an event can result in the loss of multiple safety features including power steering, anti-lock brakes, and airbag functionality.
- Though the defect was initially detected in 2001, GM decided to not recall the vehicles, claiming that consumers could still steer the vehicles after engine power was lost.
- While GM now claims that 13 deaths have been linked to the defect, the Center for Auto Safety alleges that airbag failures in just two of the recalled models have been linked to over 300 deaths.
- General Motors is facing multiple federal and congressional investigations for their handling of the ignition switch recall.