: Cadillac News: 2010-11 Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS recalled over electrical issues

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11-11-10, 05:40 PM
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall for 2010 and 2011 model year Buick Lucerne (http://autoblog.com/tag/lucerne) and Cadillac DTS (http://autoblog.com/tag/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 (http://autoblog.com/make/gm) 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.

Gallery: 2011 Buick Lucerne (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2011-buick-lucerne)

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Gallery: 2011 Cadillac DTS (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2011-cadillac-dts)

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[Source: NHTSA (http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm?rcl_id=10V553000&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true&refurl=rss)]2010-11 Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS recalled over electrical issues (http://www.autoblog.com/2010/11/11/2010-11-buick-lucerne-and-cadillac-dts-recalled-over-electrical/) originally appeared on Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com) on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds (http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/).

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11-11-10, 10:37 PM
looks like about 13000 cars involved and they'll be sending out letters to owners on the 19th of this month.
If the last 8 digits of your VIN are between these two 'vin-breakpoints' then you're affected [AU120705-AU600004] (that vin breakpoint is only for the cadillacs)

General Motors has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2010 and 2011 model year Buick Lucerne vehicles equipped with a V8 engine, and Cadillac DTS vehicles. Some of these vehicles may have been built where the starter or alternator cable is in contact with the power steering return line. If either the starter or alternator cable is contacting the power steering return line, the cable could wear through the line, cause a power steering fluid leak, and a loss of power steering. The contact may also wear the cable protective wrap, conduit, and wire insulation so there is metal to metal contact. This could result in battery drain. If arcing occurs due to engine vibration and roll, it may burn a hole in the return line and allow power steering fluid to leak and potentially ignite, resulting in a possible engine compartment fire.
basically they'll check to see if everything's secured properly and if not they'll secure it properly