General Motors has issued a recall covering 1,627 sedans over faulty brake lamps. Both the 2013 Cadillac ATS and XTS are affected by this problem, as is the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

According to an official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, "the brake lamps may intermittently flash without the brakes being applied and the cruise control may disengage" on these vehicles. The report does not state that the brakes themselves are faulty, but rather that "if the brake lamps flash when the vehicle is not slowing, a following driver may not adjust vehicle speed when the vehicle is in fact braking."

This marks the first recall for the 2013 Cadillac ATS, as well as the recently introduced 2014 Chevy Impala. In late 2012, over 12,000 Cadillac XTS models were recalled due to a head restraint issue.

Dealers will notify affected ATS, XTS and Impala owners about this issue, and the vehicles' body control modules will be replaced, free of charge. The official recall is expected to begin later this week.

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Report Receipt Date: MAY 24, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V220000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,627

All Products Associated with this Recall

CADILLAC ATS 2013
CADILLAC XTS 2013
CHEVROLET IMPALA 2014

Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; and model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles. On the affected vehicles, the brake lamps may intermittently flash without the brakes being applied and the cruise control may disengage. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."

CONSEQUENCE

If the brake lamps flash when the vehicle is not slowing, a following driver may not adjust vehicle speed when the vehicle is in fact braking, and the brake lamps are illuminating as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the body control module. The recall is expected to begin June 7, 2013. Owner's may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339. GM's recall number is 13158.

NOTES

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      In my opinion
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm, 1627 versus 85,000 Priuses - who is coming out better?
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        @In my opinion
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      srlalsd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ats pictured does not look that good ... look at the dials ewww.
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's not a good start....
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        Good start to what???
          muspod
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          to start a new car to try and compete w 3 series. These guys have to be better than perfect to compete..
      • 1 Year Ago
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      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't see a problem here. At least GM is taking care of their issues before it gets out of hand. Chrysler, however, refuses to comply with the demand to recall its Jeeps. There's the real problem.
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imoore
        Should Ford recall all Model T units and make them compliant with 2012 standards? What about retrofitting all Corvettes, T-Birds and Mustangs with ABS and Anti-Lock brakes? NHTSA is wrong on the Chrysler issue.
        56Jalopy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imoore
        I want my 1956 Morris Minor recalled. It doesn't have crumple zones, the gas tank is right behind the back bumper, it has no seat belts or airbags, no colapsible steering column, etc, etc, etc. NOT
      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like Cadillac has finally done it! They caught up with the top luxury automakers. Do you know how many brand new BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Lexus vehicles I see on the roads with a brake light out or not functioning correctly? Way to go GM!!!
      Soyntgo4it
      • 1 Year Ago
      Umm No GM or the GM dealer do not notify anyone of a recall you have to find out about it on the internet and read articles about it now. Or you have to be smarter than them and call them yourselves and ask to look to see if your particular car has recalls.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        Wrong. By federal law they have to snail mail you a recall notice. Not all cars are covered under recalls so it goes by your VIN.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          OK, kid, Ive owned cars for 20+ years and have worked in the auto industry just as long. I have forgotten more about the car industry than you will ever know. I have always gotten a recall notice in the mail and usually an email also. Not my fault you don't know to do a change of address and update the service department when you have your vehicle in. They have to, by law, make reasonable attempt to notify the owner. If recall notice is returned, then they follow up with Secretary of State to mail to address on file there. Again, not my fault you didn't change the address on your licence like you are required to do.
          Soyntgo4it
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Did you not read what I wrote moron? Its obvious by VIN# Duh but not always. People move, people sell the car etc etc so you never get the notice. Obviously you didn't think or even put those factors in place. Shows how smart you really are.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well that was quick.
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      If that red ATS was mine and GM had a feather up their butt, we would both be tickled............;>)
      lrx301
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM, don't forget to fix the one side LED light of new CTS now. It can save you a lot of recall money.
      Tina Dang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lol.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 1 Year Ago
      Then they should include the Chevy Volts too I have seen several doing the same thing.
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