Recall Alert: 414,000 GM Sedans, Sports Cars, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 414,000 model-year 2011-12 Buick LaCrosse and Regal sedans, and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars, and 2010-12 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs, all equipped with power height adjustable driver and passenger seats

The Problem: The bolt that secures the driver and passenger power front-seat height adjuster may fall out, causing the seat to drop to the lowest vertical position. If the driver's seat unexpectedly drops, the distraction and altered seat position could affect the driver's control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. We first reported on the recall last week.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the height adjuster shoulder bolts for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or GMC at 800-462-8782. Owners also can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

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Cadillac is making it easier for you to simply drop your smartphone in a secured bin and focus on driving. The company will offer Powermat wireless charging on the new 2015 ATS coupe and sedan when they go on sale this fall.

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The rubberized mat will be located in the storage bin that's hidden behind the motorized door/touch-screen in the center console. The mat wirelessly charges compatible smartphones via electromagnetic induction technology. Just drop your phone onto the mat and charging begins automatically. The new feature will debut on the 2015 ATS, but it will be rolled out to the CTS sedan this fall and the Escalade SUV by the end of the year.

By Aaron Bragman | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Announces Six More Recalls

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GM announced six new recalls that cover 717,950 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC models from the 2010 to 2015 model years. The bulk of the recalls — 414,333 cars — involves late-model GM midsize SUVs, the Chevrolet Camaro sports cars and two Buick sedans, all with power height-adjustable seats. The power adjusters have faulty bolts, which may cause the seats to move up or down freely; GM says owners should not use the height adjuster until dealers replace the bolts. The automaker says it's aware of one crash and three injuries but no fatalities that stem from the issue.

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Another 57,242 Chevrolet Impalas have a new power-steering issue; GM says it's aware of one crash but no injuries or fatalities from it.

The automaker says it's unaware of any crashes related to the remainder of the recalls, which include 124,008 recalls for potentially incomplete seat welding on two Chevrolet sedans, a trio of Cadillac cars, the Buick Encore and the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra pickups. Another 120,426 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Regal sedans have faulty turn-signal indicators in the instrument cluster, while 1,919 Chevrolet Sparks have an improperly fastened front-suspension component. Finally, GM will recall just 22 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon SUVs with improperly attached roof rails.

By Kelsey Mays | July 23, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Cadillac Escalade Real-World Mileage

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The driverless car isn't a consumer reality yet, so if you need an intelligent, spacious and powerful road tripper, the redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade may well fit the bill. It's not perfect, but it has enough features to help drivers cover long distances, such as from Chicago to Orlando, Fla., and back, in relaxed comfort.

Related: No Joke: We Drove a $73,000 Chevrolet Suburban

Before tackling how this full-size luxury SUV handles the above — which it should at a tested price of $90,985 — here is a look at the mileage from our nearly 3,000-mile journey.

By Patrick Olsen | July 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

GM Issues Stop-Sale Order on Cadillac SRX, CTS

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GM has asked dealers to stop selling several used Cadillac models that have a standard key ignition. The stop-sale order, which Bloomberg News reported on July 19, involves the 2004-06 Cadillac SRX SUV; 2003-13 Cadillac CTS sedan, coupe and wagon; and the 2014 CTS coupe and wagon — both from the previous generation, not the redesigned 2014 CTS sedan. All cars affected by the stop-sale order have conventional remote keyless entry; any cars with optional keyless access and push-button start are exempt.

More Details on GM's Latest — and Largest — Ignition-Related Recall

The sales stoppage includes Cadillac models involved in a June 30 expansion of GM's ignition-related recalls, which totaled 7.6 million Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac models. The Cadillac CTS and SRX, whose key can inadvertently rotate out of the Run position if the driver's knee bumps it, requires a replacement key. A similar situation prompted GM to recall nearly 465,000 model-year 2010-14 Chevrolet Camaro sports cars on June 13.

By Kelsey Mays | July 21, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Cadillac ATS: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New front-end styling, torque boost for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a host of standard and available tech features

Price change: Starts at $34,210, including a $995 destination charge, a $220 increase

On sale: August

Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? Aside from exterior-styling updates, most of the upgrades come with packages and on higher trim levels, but for the negligible price hike, why not stay current with that new wreathless Cadillac crest?

We've already told you all about the new-for-2015 coupe version of the Cadillac ATS, which debuted earlier this year at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, along with the modern, wreathless redesign of GM's luxury brand's famous crest. GM has some minor updates for the 2015 sedan version: fresh front-end styling, as well as newly available communication, convenience and safety features, and a substantial torque boost on one of three powertrains. While the new coupe is set to go on sale in September starting at $38,990 (including a $995 destination charge), an August dealership date has been set for the 2015 version of the four-door, which will start at $34,210 with destination, a $220 increase over the outgoing model.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe: Up Close 

The compact luxury sedan's available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine makes 272 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque, the latter figure representing a 14 percent increase over the 2014 model. The other two engines include the standard 2.5-liter, good for 202 hp and 191 pounds-feet of torque, and the 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 321 hp and 275 pounds-feet of torque. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; the 2.0-liter is also available with a six-speed manual. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on all powertrains except the 2.5-liter.

By Matt Schmitz | July 10, 2014 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 554,000 model-year 2004-06 Cadillac SRX crossovers and model-year 2013 CTS sedans, coupes and wagons as well as model-year 2014 CTS coupes and wagons; the redesigned 2014 CTS sedan isn't affected.

The Problem: GM is reporting that the driver's knee could bump the key fob, causing the key to move out of the Run position. This could lead to a reduction or loss of power. This is an expansion of a previous recall.

The Fix: GM is changing the key's design; the change will make the ignition key and fob independent of each other. 

What Owners Should Do: The automaker has not yet provided an owner notification schedule; owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 for more information.

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Editor's note: This post was updated on July 2 to include CTS body style information.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 30, 2014 | Comments (3)

More Details on GM's Latest Ignition-Related Recall

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On June 16, GM issued its second major ignition-switch recall, which affects 3.16 million larger cars in the U.S. — the 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2011 Lucerne and 2005 Regal; the 2000-2005 Cadillac DeVille and 2004-2011 DTS; and the 2006-2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 2006-2013 Chevrolet Impala and 2014 Impala Limited (a carryover of the old Impala, not the redesigned sedan). An additional 200,000 of the same cars will be recalled outside the U.S. too.

GM Recalls Another 3 Million Vehicles

The recall sounds a lot like this year's earlier GM recall of 2.2 million small cars in the U.S. for faulty ignition switches, which centered mostly on the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and Pontiac G5 compacts. In both situations, a pothole or other disruption could bump the key out of the "run" position while the vehicle is moving, which could deactivate airbags and various electrical systems.

This recall is unique, however. For starters, it doesn't include a replacement of the ignition cylinder and switch, as the Cobalt and its peers require — just a new key. We chatted with GM recall spokesman Alan Adler to clarify some details. For answers to the original ignition-switch recall, read our earlier Q&A here.

By Kelsey Mays | June 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2011 Cadillac CTS

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Vehicles Affected: About 16,932 model-year 2011 Cadillac CTS sedans equipped with all-wheel drive

The Problem: On some vehicles, a gasket leak where the constant velocity joint meets the rear propeller shaft may cause the rear propeller shaft to separate or become loose, making contact with the vehicle floor above and causing the rollover sensor to deploy the roof rail air bags. GM said it is aware of 15 unintended deployments, but that it was uncertain whether injuries had occurred.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: GM has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS, 2014 CTS

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 68,887 model-year 2013-14 Cadillac ATS and 21,863 model-year 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans equipped with an automatic transmission

The Problem: GM is reporting that the shift cable may not be fully secured to the shifter or transmission bracket. If the cable detaches, the driver may not be able to shift the transmission, increasing the risk of an accident. GM said it's unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: GM has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

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