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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of 2003 through 2007 model year Cadillac CTS sedans for a brake issue that may lead to longer stop times and the increased risk of a crash. Recalled models reside in 21 cold weather states north of the Mason Dixon Line. NHTSA says snow and road salt could cause a front brake hose fitting at the caliper to corrode, with contaminants entering the routing sleeve. Significant corrosion could then result in a brake hose-tube interface that may develop a leak. That sounds bad because it is, but a fix is just a dealer visit away.

Owners of affected CTS models can take their vehicle to the nearest General Motors dealership to have both front brake hose assemblies replaced free of charge. Hit the jump to read the NHTSA press release, which includes all 21 states involved in the recall.

[Source: NHTSA]
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NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Potential Number of Units Affected:
Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS HAS NOTIFIED NHTSA OF A DEFECT IN CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2003-2007 CADILLAC CTS VEHICLES CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN 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. 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. IF THE FITTING CORRODES SIGNIFICANTLY, THE BRAKE HOSE-TUBE INTERFACE MAY DEVELOP A LEAK.

Consequence:
THE BRAKE HOSE-TUBE INTERFACE MAY RUPTURE SUDDENLY WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING AND INCREASE VEHICLE STOPPING DISTANCE MAY OCCUR INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS ARE TO REPLACE BOTH FRONT BRAKE HOSE ASSEMBLIES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:
GM RECALL NO. 09149. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on GM, this is not how you do this. You are supposed to blame the customers for stupidly driving on salted down roads. Hell blame them for living in any o those 21 states.
        • 5 Years Ago
        they just didn't know how their customers use the products.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another car I have to watch for in my rear view.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      My 2004 CTS was recalled years ago for suspension washers. Apparently they were constructed of less than an ideal material, that is what the letter said.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why only in those 21 states? As I recall, there was a lot more snow south of the Mason-Dixon line this year anyway. Are people in Florida never going to take a road trip anywhere cold? It can't be a good thing that when they will drive outside their normal safety zone, in climates they aren't used to, their car will also potentially have no brakes.
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        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure you can get your car fixed for free in any state. They just only recalled them in certain states.

        Recalling in the other 29 states would just use up the parts which are needed to fix vehicles in these states where there is a higher risk. And you can't just snap your fingers and make parts appear, so this acts as a kind of prioritization system so that the people who need the parts more get them first.

        If you are in one of the other states, just wait 6 months and then go in and demand they fix your brakes, due to liability they're going to have trouble saying no to repairing a safety issue they already know they are responsible for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree they should recall every model or at least inspect them, but it's not like your brake line fitting is all of a sudden going to corrode the minute you drive it in snow and your brakes fail. From the description it's saying the brake fitting would have to first corrode through and then the brake line wears away and develops a leak. That would take years of driving in the salt to occur.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd probably agree. Even though the "Rust-Belt" states will be affected more by this issue, the fact that the part failure is likely to fail "without prior warning", and is likely to cause a crash, I think I'd err on the side of caution and replace them on all cars.
        You also have to consider that just because a car is "sold" in a certain region, it's no guarantee that it will only be "operated" in that same region.
        Hell suppose a person living in Fla. gets transferred to NY. People move all over the country these days trying to find work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have never understood why manufactures only recall cars in certain states as if the car can't travel or be sold and make it's way to a new state.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is most definitely being done as a result of the recent Toyota issues. I remember years ago, Cadillac had a problem on the "K" body cars that involved the L/R brake line chaffing on the body. It would cause a line failure, and it was pretty common. I repaired MANY myself. But if memory serves, I don't recall them ever recalling the cars for it.
      So, I guess bottom line, all this crap with Toyota and NHTSA may actually have a beneficial outcome for the public.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agree
        • 5 Years Ago
        @TigerMil
        Wow...talk about knee jerk reflex...this is about GM finally doing stuff they didn't do before all this media attention on recalls (and pressure on the NHTSA). What the hell does this have to do with China if GM's known about this kinda problem for years and years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep...and BTW, where was the CTS part sourced? China? D'Oh!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even now it looks great. Love those sharp lines in the field of smoothness.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm really glad that their design choices have resonated so well with some people, but personally I couldn't disagree with you more. Obviously it's impossible to please everybody.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am guessing government will try to hush it up and ask the MSM not to pay attention to yet another recall by Government motors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I found these pretty "stupid", though I won't say it's a bad recall, I will say that all cars I owned that were the 7-8 years old and driven in snowy and salty condition all have alot of rust buildup everywhere on exposed metal. I could probably ask put a complaint about my calipers on my 02 civic that they are extremely rusted and same with the brake line fittings - all things that could be seen as potentially hazardous/fir for recall. What makes those caddy worst than other car drivin in snow? Design?

      It doesn't say if there was any actual brake failure from that issue.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just called the GM 1-800 number for Canada and according them the recall doesn't affect us up here. I'm hoping their defense of the car being built in a different plant is correct rather than the (more likely) excuse of laziness
        • 5 Years Ago
        The key to this one is not that the part will be exposed to a corrosive environment. The issue is that the routing sleeve traps the corrosives, and therefore concentrates the effect on the fitting. Without the sleeve, the corrosives would only have a temporary affect on the fitting. It's like if you didn't have low-point water drains in your body panels, they would corrode MUCH faster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A lot of good came out of the Toyota scandal, other automakers are quick to fix their problems because they do not want to be in Toyota's shoes....
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