Recent Cadillac Recalls
Ever open up the mailbox, find an envelope from the auto dealership with the word ‘RECALL’ stamped on the front, and think to yourself, “Oh great, that’s going in the ‘When I get around to it’ pile”? With how busy our day-to-day lives can be, it’s astonishing how easy it is to think, “Well, I’ll just bring it up at my next vehicle service. That should be fine to wait.” Unfortunately, in this scenario, what’s easy isn’t exactly what is best.
The fact of the matter is that recalls are issued not just to protect the integrity of an automaker, but to protect the lives of their customers as they travel the roads. Many recalls carry with them no symptoms at all, or at least that would be recognizable by customers. Some may seem fairly innocuous. Regardless of the circumstance, know that a recall is issued with your safety in mind and you should exercise great caution to have the malfunction remedied immediately.
So how to recalls work? When automotive makers learn from their dealerships that parts on their vehicles are malfunctioning in abnormal conditions, they investigate to search for patterns. Typically this involves a combination of both examining the issue itself, as well as looking at manufacturing dates and locations to determine a frame of reference for the problem’s origins. Once the problem is pinpointed, the automaker issues a recall or the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) will issue one in conjunction.
As is typically the case with a recall, customers are simply required to contact their nearest dealership, notify of the recall concern and schedule a time to have the vehicle seen. The maintenance is almost always free of cost to customers. Automotive makers want to ensure your safety on the road as well as the safety prestige of their company.
Even high-end vehicles like Cadillac’s aren’t immune to a recall notice. Here are some recent Cadillac recalls:
2018 Cadillac CT6 Recall
General Motors recalled certain 2018-2019 Cadillac CT6’s for second-row or third-row rear seat belt retractor assemblies not automatically locking when the seat belt is fully pulled out of the retractor. This can inhibit proper installation of child seats, and violates Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) #208, “Occupant Crash Protection”. On November 7, 2018, GM began notifying Cadillac customers of the recall (#18315) so that they may inspect and replace, if necessary, the rear seat belt retractors.
Cadillac Recalls 53,000+ 2014-2016 CTS Sedans for Damaged Seat Heaters
According to documents filed with the NHTSA, Cadillac is recalling CTS sedans from 2014-2016 due to the possibility of cold outdoor temperatures leading to heated seats turning on automatically when the remote-start function is engaged. In the event that the heaters are further malfunctioning, this can lead to them turning on when no one is in the vehicle, overheating and causing a fire. GM is notifying Cadillac owners of the recall, but given the date of the vehicles, if you bought it second hand you should reach out to your nearest Cadillac dealership to see if your vehicle falls under the recall notice.