General Motors announced today that it is recalling 14,245 Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne models with V8 engines from the 2010 and 2011 model years. The recall is being conducted because the vehicles can have a starter or alternator cable that comes in contact with the power steering return line.
“Such contact could cause the cable to wear through the power steering line causing a power steering fluid leak and a loss of power steering,” GM said in a statement. “Contact also may wear away the cable protective wrap, conduit and wire insulation, so there is metal-to-metal contact, which could result in battery drain. If the exposed battery cable separates from the power-steering line, there could be enough sparks for a hole to be melted in the line. If the power steering fluid contacts hot metal parts of the engine, there could be a fire.”
To fix the issue, dealers will inspect harness routing and correct as needed to eliminate contact with the power steering line. GM said that the recall has caused four fires but no injuries. The Detroit automaker will hold unsold models of these cars on dealer lots until they are repaired.
Letters to customers will be mailed Nov. 19.
– By: Omar Rana