General Motors announced that 18,871 2013 Cadillac SRX’s were being recalled because the wheel lug nuts may loosen causing the wheels to separate from the vehicle leading to catastrophic potential results. The vehicles involved are Cadillac SRXs manufactured between January 31, 2012 and March 18, 2013, a significant portion of the product line.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will remove and reinstall the wheel nuts by performing a tire rotation, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by June 3, 2013. Owners may contact GM at 800-521-7300. GM’s recall campaign number is 13116. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
In its May 15, 2013 letter to NHTSA GM’s Director of Product Investigations and Safety Regulations M. Carmen Benavides wrote:
“573.6(c)(5): General Motors has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2013 model year Cadillac SRX vehicles with 18 inch wheels and that have not had service that required removal and reinstallation of the wheels. These vehicles may experience loosening of the wheel nuts. If this occurs, a creaking, rattling or grinding noise may originate from the wheel area. A steering vibration may also be present. If unnoticed or ignored, one or more of the wheel lug nuts could detach, or fatigue. The wheel attachment studs may fracture. If this happens while the vehicle is moving, a crash could result without prior warning.”
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According to GM, no reimbursement to consumers will occur because all vehicles are still under warranty. The fix by GM mechanics is to remove and reinstall the wheel lug nuts during tire rotation.
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