• Nov 11, 2010
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall for 2010 and 2011 model year Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS models. A total of 13,780 vehicles, all equipped with V8 engines, are subject to this recall which effects power steering return lines.

According to NHTSA, the starter or alternator cable can wear through these lines, causing a power steering fluid leak. This can not only result in the loss of power steering, but the liquid could drip onto hot engine parts, resulting in a fire.

Owners can bring their cars to General Motors dealers to have the problem fixed free of charge. Technicians will either secure or reroute the power steering return lines in order to prevent contact with these cables. The recall is expected to begin later this month, and the full details are available at NHTSA's website.




[Source: NHTSA]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Cracks me up that after all these years, they manage to create a component routing problem on these cars. Even more funny is that when I used to be involved with Cadillac back in the 80's and 90's, I often found these kind of problems on new cars as they came from the plant. Just shows they aren't assembling them any better these days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How do you figure that? NHTSA recalls are generated by consumer complaints. It's not like GM is being proactive here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are both lameduck cars anyway. In a few months they will be going to the great scrapyard in the sky.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hopefully they will replace soon, I was so sure when the STS came out they would just make the DTS a package on it but they never did, they probably are easy to produce for them so profitable even if sell in limited numbers. I always wonder if they will reinvent it but maybe they target livery drivers and the like.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are, 2011 is the last year for the both of them. The DTS and the STS are being replaced by the upcoming XTS and the Lucerne is just being dropped.


      • 4 Years Ago
      Along with the Impala, these have to be the most outdated things GM sells, right? I mean, wow, that interior's like a time machine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Their sharply declining sales in 2010 bear that out. The Caddy XTS and new big Buick (whatever it is) can't come soon enough.

        Meanwhile, it seems these models just won't go out quietly...
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey AUTOBLOG - where's your recall story for the 650,000 Nissans that were recalled today??

      GM's here for 13,000 Lucernes, why not Nissan?

      (Or did I miss this somewhere? Color me embarrassed if I did lol)
      • 4 Years Ago
      These two cars have to be one of the most boring cars you can find on the market
      • 4 Years Ago
      Burn them!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the reason why you should avoid newly-designed cars. Wait until the automaker irons out teething problems.



      :p
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most people I see driving these are old people anyway who don't a car with a bunch of gadgets. You want to know what car are these cars close competitor, the Mercury Grand Marquis. Not to mention, at the end of the day both cars will get you from point A to point B in a nice comfortable manner.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I appreciate Autoblog posting recall info like this, I highly doubt that any owners of these particular vehicles have ever visited this site.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, shouldn't this be posted on the AARP site?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I need to go wash my eyes out with bleach now.
      Why did I have to look at the interior? Why?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Lucerne interior is "fine"? Show me another $30k car with an interior THAT dated.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's sad is that in 2005, these interiors *were* steps up for GM. I mean, some of those late 90s/early 00s GM interiors were horrifying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I need to go wash my eyes out with bleach now."

        Then the interior appearance won't matter because you'll be blind?
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