• Dec 23, 2010
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General Motors is recalling 95,927 Cadillac CTS sedans from the 2005 to 2007 model year over faulty passenger sensing systems in the front passenger seat.

According to NHTSA, repeated flexing of this sensor mat can cause it to kink, bend or fold, which can sever the connections of the mat's sensors to safety devices within the car. Most specifically, a damaged sensor may not be able to detect the presence of a front seat passenger and could disable the air bag, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

GM has not yet notified NHTSA of when the recall is expected to ramp up, but owners may contact the automaker with any questions prior to receiving the official notice. Dealerships will replace the passenger sensing system free of charge. For the full details, follow the jump to read NHTSA's statement.



[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: CADILLAC / CTS
Model Year(s): 2005-2007
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V644000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 95,927

Summary

GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2007 CADILLAC CTS VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH REPEATED FLEXING OF THE PASSENGER SENSING SYSTEM MAT IN THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT MAY CAUSE THE MAT TO KINK, BEND, OR FOLD. THIS FLEXING CAN BREAK THE CONNECTIONS IN THE MAT. IF THIS OCCURS, THE SENSOR MAY NOT DETECT THE PRESENCE OF A FRONT SEAT PASSENGER AND WILL DISABLE THE AIR BAG.

Consequence

NON-DEPLOYMENT OF THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH NECESSITATING THAT AIR BAG'S DEPLOYMENT MAY REDUCE PROTECTION OF THE PASSENGER AND INCREASE THE RISK OR SEVERITY OF INJURY TO THEM.

Remedy

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE PASSENGER SENSING SYSTEM FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes

GM SAFETY RECALL NO. 100355. 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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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure there's a joke somewhere here about overweight Americans breaking a seat sensor...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cadillac should try to find a way to have any denting happen outside of the vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @FT

      Maybe I'm new - where is proof that GM "hides these things?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      *off topic* I think i'm one of the few people that never had a problem with the 1st gen CTS's interior. I still like it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I loved my 05 CTS. I had 3.6L with a 6 speed fully loaded. I really miss the huge nav screen it had. Great car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, Ray "the hood" Lahood - you're only supposed to recall Toyota's & Honda's - NOT Gov't Motors products!!! Didn't you get the memo Obama sent out just before he went on ANOTHER vacation?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You rightie-tightie tards really need to STFU. The rest of us are sick of your BS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speaking of that crook, his girlfriend/troll Barbara Boxer just sent me an email exposing his anti-automobile agenda. Apparently he's "redirected" federal money, some $624 million, to the high speed rail to nowhere in Kalifornia. 14 years and not a single stake or track put down. Gotta love progress.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I worked on that program for the System supplier, but left before the roll-out in '06. The SRX has basically the same system, just a slightly different pattern- the seat cushions are interchangeable. The SIGMA sensor was pretty good. The fail-safe is to always suppress the airbag, as a non-deployment is likely to cause fewer injuries than a deployment with a rear facing child seat. The system should also detect a fault, triggering an SRS light, and alerting the driver that the system needs to be serviced. A skilled tech should be able to replace the sensor in under an hour.
      bobbo65@@bobbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 2006 CTS all off sudden came up no oil and light did not come on and I have it service oil changed regular and know I have to add oil in be twin changes I am an 67 yr old widow and thought I have a car to last me and can not afford to buy another one
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice blog ! I like your article and i will definitely look again..........................................
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes you wonder how many years GM has been hiding this as they always do........
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM shoulds have recalled the CTS for being U-G-L-Y!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My jag any many other xtypes have this problem I'm still waiting for a recall
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here I thought they were looking into the famous exploding rear ends of the CTS-V models.
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