GM announced a recall of approximately 130,000 cars this morning with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects Investigation. The problem concerns the brake hose fitting on certain Cadillac CTS sedans, which could leak and cause a crash.
GM confirmed with AOL Autos today that the recall impacted 133,906 vehicles. The recall is limited to 2003 to 2007 model year CTS sedans that are registered or originally sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The filing with NHTSA indicates that the problem could occur after exposure to snow, water, road salt or other contaminants.
"Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the front brake hose fitting at the caliper may corrode due to snow or water, containing road salt or other contaminants, entering and being retained in the routing sleeve," the filing stated. "If the fitting corrodes significantly, the brake hose-tube interface may develop a leak."
The fallout from such a leak could be that the brake hose-tube interface could rupture, increasing vehicle stopping distances which could result in a crash.
Dealers will begin repairing the parts in May of this year. The fix will be free of charge.
Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339 or at GM's owner center online at http://www.gmownercenter.com/.