Friday 19 November 2010

GM recalls 2010 - '11 Cadillac DTS & Buick Lucerne for faulty steering (U.S)

GM is going to recall 13,780 2010, 2011 Buick Lucernes and Cadillac DTS’ with V8 engines due to leaking power steering fluid, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“The starter or alternator cable is in contact with the power steering return line," noted NHTSA. "If either the starter or alternator cable is contacting the power steering return line, the cable could wear through the line, causing a power steering fluid leak. A power steering leak could result in a loss of power steering, increasing the risk of a crash and/or the leak onto hot engine parts could cause an engine compartment fire."

GM’s director of product investigations and safety regulations, M. Carmen Benavides, signed a documentation that explained the hitch may also "wear the cable protective wrap, conduit and wire insulation so there is metal-to-metal contact. This could result in battery drain. If arcing occurs due to engine vibration and roll, it may burn a hole in the return line and allow power steering fluid to leak and potentially ignite, resulting in a possible engine compartment fire."

General Motors has received two accidents of fires related to the fault. GM dealerships will protected and, if needed, redirect the lines to prevent contact. The recall is expected to begin on 19th November. Owners can contact Cadillac at (866) 982-2339 or Buick at (866) 608-8080.

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