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By Matt Schmitz | October 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

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Vehicles Affected: More than 300 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars

The Problem: A loose electrical connection in the steering column could impact the performance of the driver-side front airbag, according to The Detroit News. If the condition is present and the airbag lamp is illuminated, the driver-side front airbag may deploy only as a single-stage airbag in crashes of a certain severity, the newspaper reported. GM said it is unaware of any crashes, injuries or deaths as a result of the issue.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice, 2008-2009 Pontiac G8

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Vehicles Affected: More than 47,000 model-year 2011-13 Chevrolet Caprice and 2008-09 Pontiac G8 sedans

The Problem: According to The Detroit News, there is a risk under certain conditions that the driver's knee may bump the ignition key and unintentionally move the key away from the Run position; this could cause stalling and frontal airbag failure, increasing the risk of a crash or injury in a crash. GM said it is aware of one crash and no injuries or deaths related to the vehicles affected by this recall, the newspaper reported. The automaker has recalled 2.6 million vehicles linked to nearly two-dozen deaths and 54 crashes as a result of the stalling and airbag failure.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will separate the remote keyless entry transmitter from the key blade and housing assembly, and discard the original key blade and housing assembly, ensuring that it is not retained by the customer, The Detroit News reported. Dealers will cut and fit the revised key blade and housing assembly, in which the blade has been indexed by 90 degrees, to the original transmitter assembly, the newspaper stated. The automaker advised that, until repairs are made, drivers adjust their seat and steering column to allow clearance between their knee and the ignition key. GM has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-553-6000 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 90,000 model-year 2013-15 Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchbacks manufactured between Jan. 17, 2012, and July 29, 2014

The Problem: The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot, causing the striker to get stuck out of position and preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch. If this happens, and the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while the car is in motion, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the striker and latch with a new part that has superior corrosion protection; repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Buick LaCrosse: Car Seat Check

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The Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan returns for the 2015 model year with some well-executed tweaks worthy of what Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley referred to as the brand's "product renaissance." A quiet cabin, upscale interior, simple dashboard layout and commensurately simple-to-use multimedia system are noteworthy improvements. But the LaCrosse didn't need much improvement in terms of child-safety-seat installation. We gave the 2014 LaCrosse high marks in nearly all areas, with the only drawbacks being floppy seat-belt buckles and fixed head restraints. Can the 2015 model measure up to that standard? Read the Car Seat Check below and find out.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS: Car Seat Check

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When last we tested the Cadillac ATS two years ago, we took note of how its large backseat would help make the compact luxury sedan attractive to family shoppers. But we also noted that they'd have to be willing to face some frustrating car-seat installation. The ATS returns for 2015 in a somewhat better position to carry precious cargo — though, unfortunately, some of that old baggage has returned with it.

In the "new-and-improved" column is the addition of a coupe body style to the model's lineup, as well as revised front-end styling punctuated by the redesigned Cadillac crest. That's in addition to a healthy torque boost of 35 pounds-feet to its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for a total of 295 pounds-feet at nearly double the rpm. For our purposes, removable head restraints and reduced interference by seat bolsters were also pluses. In the other column, however, the return of those Latch anchors buried in a hard-to-reach spot in the leather seats was an unwelcome one.

Check out Car Seat Check below for our full assessment.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | September 23, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Buick LaCrosse Video

Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley said the 2015 Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan fits right in with the brand's ongoing renaissance. "It's comfortable, it's quiet, it's well-crafted, but there's room for improvement in a few areas." Watch the video above for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 130,000 model-year 2013-15 Cadillac XTS sedans manufactured between Feb. 14, 2012, and Aug. 22, 2014, and model-year 2014-15 Chevrolet Impala sedans manufactured between Jan. 15, 2013, and Aug. 22, 2014

The Problem: The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract, causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged with the rotors. If this occurs, excessive brake heat could cause a fire.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the electronic parking brake software for free.

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

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cadillac to Build New Flagship Sedan

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Cadillac announced today it plans to build a new "top-end, high-technology car" starting in late 2015. Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's new president, said the rear-drive car would slot above the CTS and XTS to play against the "elite class of top-level luxury cars" with "new, custom-designed materials on a unique vehicle architecture."

Related: Cadillac to Debut ATS-V at November's L.A. Auto Show

It's possible the all-new model will debut Cadillac's first vehicle-to-vehicle communication and "Super Cruise" semi-autonomous driving tech, which GM announced earlier this month. Cadillac's de facto flagship, the Escalade SUV, tops out in the mid-$80,000s. But this would be the first time in recent history that the brand had a flagship sedan that vied for attention from shoppers of the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and other such top-shelf cars. Given the competition, Cadillac may price its contender even atop the Escalade.

The car will come from GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, a 29-year-old facility just north of the automaker's corporate headquarters - whose first car, incidentally, was a Cadillac Eldorado. Detroit-Hamtramck now produces the Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Malibu, plus the Volt-based Cadillac ELR. (GM's U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.)

Expect more details on the uber-Caddy in the first half of 2015.

Editor's note: This post was corrected on Sept. 22 to reflect the correct age of GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Kelsey Mays | September 19, 2014 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana

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Vehicles Affected: More than 3,000 GM full-size cargo vans from the 2011-14 model years that run on compressed natural gas, including Chevrolet Express vans manufactured between Sept. 10, 2010, and April 28, 2014, and GMC Savana CNG vans manufactured between May 23, 2011, and April 21, 2014

The Problem: The vans may leak natural gas from the CNG high-pressure regulator, which in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire or an explosion.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high-pressure regulator for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

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

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

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