General Motors is recalling certain 2013 Cadillac SRX luxury crossovers for a problem with wheel nuts that may be loose.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected in the U.S. at 18,871.
According to Motor Authority, the number of SRX crossovers affected worldwide is around 27,000. Besides the 18,871 in the U.S., another 913 units are affected in Canada, while the remaining cars were sold outside North America.
Affected vehicles were built from January 31, 2012 through March 18, 2013 and are equipped with 18-inch wheels.
According to documentation from General Motors (PDF), the defect only relates to certain 2013 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles with 18-inch wheels that have not had service that required wheel removal and reinstallation. Vehicles in the recall population may experience loosening of the wheel nuts.
The automaker notes that if wheel nut loosening occurs, a “creaking, rattling or grinding noise may originate from the wheel area” and a “steering vibration may also be present.”
A potential consequence of the condition being either unnoticed or ignored is that “one or more of the wheel lug nuts could detach or fatigue” and the “wheel attachment studs may fracture.” If this occurs while the vehicle is in motion, a crash could result without any prior warning.
General Motors said it has received no reports of wheel loss or accidents due to this issue.
What General Motors will do
General Motors will notify owners of affected 2013 Cadillac SRX crossovers and dealers will remove and reinstall the wheel nuts by performing a tire rotation. The service will be performed at no charge.
The General Motors safety recall campaign, identified as No. 13116, is expected to begin by June 3, 2013.
In the meantime, owners of 2013 Cadillac SRX luxury crossovers with any questions or concerns may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V202000.