September was a bad month for General Motors, with the recall of over one and a quarter million vehicles in two separate announcements - all in the same day!!
First, on the 13th, the mega-manufacturer recalled over “1 million full-size pickups and large SUVs that could suffer a steering malfunction leading to crashes.” Vehicles affected are 2015 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500; Chevy Tahoe and Suburban; 2015 Cadillac Escalade; and GMC Yukon.
Then, later that same day, GM announced another recall for a quarter of a million additional cars for faulty brakes. This time it affected 2018-19 Chevy Bolt, Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, and Volt; Buick LaCrosse and Regal; 2015 Cadillac XTS; and GMC Terrain.
Now, October is not starting out so well, either, with the newest recall for certain Cadillac sedans that run the risk of fire due to the possible overheating of the seat warmers.
According to Yahoo, “Cadillac is recalling 53,586 of its 2014–2016 CTS sedans to address a problem with potentially damaged seat heaters, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“The recall states that it is possible, in cold outdoor temperatures, for the heated seats to turn on automatically when the car's remote-start function is engaged. If the heaters are damaged and turn on with no one in the car, the seat can overheat and cause a fire.”
Yahoo reports that GM wants owners to be aware that “excessive heating can occur if the flexible heating mats in the front seats have been worn down over time. General Motors will be notifying owners of the recall, but no notification schedule has been published, and parts for the repair have not been made available yet.
"Dealers will need to recalibrate the body-control module, which disables the heated seats from turning on when the remote start is used. The recall will come at no cost to owners.”
According to KOAA, “General Motors says 'hydrogen gas can be trapped in the rear brake caliper pistons and that can make the brakes feel soft and increase the risk of a crash.'"
Good news, though. It appears that they have gotten ahead of this problem. Again, from KOAA: “No crashes have been reported and the automaker says that dealers can bleed the brakes to remove the gas. Once that’s done, the problem doesn’t reoccur.”