Cadillac is recalling about 656 2014 ELR models made between September 26, 2013 and February 14, 2014, because of a fault with the electronic stability control system. On cars without adaptive cruise control, it's possible that diagnostics could prevent the system from telling the driver if ESC is on or off.

Cadillac has a software fix ready and repairs begin on April 17. Alan Adler, General Motors' recall and legal spokesperson, tells Autoblog that only about 55 of the affected cars are in the hands of owners. The rest are either on dealer lots or still at the factory. There have been no reported injuries or crashes caused by the fault.

The correction for the stability control system involves a software recalibration of the electronic brake control module that takes around 20 minutes to perform. While they use the same platform, the Chevrolet Volt isn't involved in this recall because it "uses a different a brake control module," said Adler.

The problem was found when Cadillac was testing the software calibration on the dyno. The automaker briefly issued a stop-sale on the ELR on March 19, but with a fix in place, Adler says that has now been lifted. Scroll down to read the letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the original letter from GM to the regulator can be read as a PDF.
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Subject: Electronic Stability Control Systems/FMVSS 126

Dear Ms. Benavides:
This letter serves to acknowledge General Motors LLC's notification to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a safety recall which will be conducted pursuant to Federal law for the product(s) listed below. Please review the following information to ensure that it conforms to your records as this information is being made available to the public. If the information does not agree with your records, please contact us immediately to discuss your concerns.

Makes/Models/Model Years:
CADILLAC/ELR/2014

Mfr's Report Date: March 26, 2014

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V-144

Components:
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

Potential Number of Units Affected: 656

Problem Description:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Cadillac ELR vehicles manufactured September 26, 2013, through February 14, 2014, and equipped without adaptive cruise control. In these vehicles, the electronic stability control (ESC) system software may block certain ESC diagnostics, preventing the system from alerting the driver that the ESC system is partially or fully disabled. As such, these vehicles fail to conform with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems."

Consequence:
If the driver is not alerted to an ESC malfunction they may continue driving with a disabled ESC system which may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM), free of charge. The recall is
expected to begin on April 17, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14087.

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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      FrosenCarrotz
      • 9 Months Ago
      Unrelated to the article, but what's with all the duplicate posts lately?
        bullitt2605
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FrosenCarrotz
        What do you mean?
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        jeff
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FrosenCarrotz
        The posts appeared to fail (With Error Message), but when you re-posted you got duplicated...
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Jalopnik said 663 cars were affected.
      churchmotor
      • 9 Months Ago
      Autoblog, It might be better to create a new blog dedicated to GM recalls.
        owen brown
        • 9 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        They did for Toyota so yeah.
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      Greg Glockner
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wait, Cadillac sold 55 ELRs? Quick, go get the champagne.
      Topal
      • 9 Months Ago
      In a related story..."GM races towards bankruptcy again by continuing to waste money. For example, in early 2014 the Cadillac ELR used a different brake controller than the chevy volt even tough they are essentially the same car."
      Levine Levine
      • 9 Months Ago
      Does anyone even care about GM products other than the government?
        Sir Duke
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Tell that to the 9+ million people who bought GM products last year.
      m_2012
      • 9 Months Ago
      They have sold less than 10% of production? 55 sold out of 656. Even I didnt think it was going to be that big of a flop. With 339 siting on dealers lots, and 55 sold that means there is nearly 300 stacked up like wood at the plant. They have got to stop production any day now.
        Sir Duke
        • 9 Months Ago
        @m_2012
        For the record, to date GM has sold the following amount of ELRs: Dec '13 -- 6 Jan '14 -- 41 Feb '14 -- 58 In a few days we'll know how many were sold in March. GM's Faux Pas with the ELR is twofold, There is no way on god's green earth this car should have been priced above 60K. They dragged a$$ getting it out the door. Too much time between the Volt's launch and the ELR's. To pull this off, the ELR should have been launched with GEN2 Voltec technology.
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      lilume
      • 9 Months Ago
      This recall will be easy fix since most of those 656 vehicles should still be sitting in the lot HAHAHAHAHA
      Karl Henry
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM is on fire with these recalls!
      Db
      • 9 Months Ago
      Tesla would just beam the update to the owners of Model S sedans. Oh well... so much for luxury with the ELR.
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      300 sold! I'm shocked they've sold that many,0
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 9 Months Ago
      Instead of producing this fail, Cadillac should had made an entry level car to fight the A3, CLA, Ct200, and 1 series.
        Sir Duke
        • 9 Months Ago
        @SKINNYwithNOfood
        Why is this a "FAIL", it cost them very little (in terms of development comparatively), and oh, its outselling the SRT Viper.
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