GM September Recalls Include Electrical, Steering & Braking Problems

On 2018-10-06 13:03:19

Damage To Seat Heaters Could Result In Fire (18V-595)

An investigation into a 2015 Cadillac CTS fire will have owners of certain 2014-2016 Cadillac CTS vehicles returning to their dealerships for repairs. According to the recall report, occupant pressure on the seat could bend and damage the flexible heating mat inside. If the damaged heater is turned on without an occupant in the seat, the open airflow could cause areas of high electrical resistance. The seat could overheat and melt, increasing the risk of fire.

Dealers will correct the problem by re-calibrating the body control module to deactivate the automatic activation of the heated seats during remote start. Signs that a problem exists include a seat heater that stops working, experiences uneven heat or excessive heat in spots.

Temporary Loss of Electric Power Steering (18V-586)

GM has issued a recall for certain Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC trucks and SUV's for a problem affecting the electric power steering (EPS). According to the recall report, certain driving situations that demand high current, such as low speed turns, could create a low voltage condition that may temporarily disable steering assist. A sudden loss and return of power steering could make it difficult for drivers to steer the vehicle, especially at low speeds.

If EPS is lost the driver will be alerted through an illuminated warning on the driver information center (DIC). Other electrical systems, such as the radio, stabilitrack, DIC, chimes, door lock, air conditioning or cruise control may stop working at the same time or just prior to loss of the EPS.

The vehicles affected include:

  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2015 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2015 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2015 GMC Yukon

Brake Pedal Could Loosen (18V-578)

Certain GM vehicles may have been improperly serviced under Safety Recall 16V-069, issued in February 2016. A lack of thread adhesive applied to the brake pedal pivot nut could cause the brake pedal to loosen and become inoperative. The loose pedal could also interfere with the accelerator pedal, increasing the risk of an accident.

Those receiving notices will be asked to return to their dealer who will reinstall the nut with adhesive and increased tightness.

The vehicles affected include:

  • 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  • 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
  • 2015-2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit
  • 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 2500
  • 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 3500

Reduced Braking Performance (18V-576)

Certain Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles may have been manufactured with brake pistons that were not properly chromed and tempered. As a result, hydrogen gas trapped within the piston body could be released into the brake system when it contacts brake fluid. The air in the system may cause the brake pedal to feel soft or spongy and could reduce rear brake performance.

According to the manufacturer, the trapped gas should be released within 23 days of assembly and will be noticeable to the driver within 15 days of assembly. GM is asking owners to return to their dealerships to have the bake system bled.

The vehicles affected by this defect include:

  • 2018-2019 Buick Lacrosse
  • 2018-2019 Buick Regal
  • 2018-2019 Cadillac XTS
  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Cruze
  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2018-2019 GMC Terrain