General Motors is recalling certain 2013 Cadillac ATS and XTS luxury sedans and certain 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedans for a problem with flickering brake lights.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles affected by the safety recall at 1,627.
2013 Cadillac XTS - image: CadillacEnlarge Photo
Documentation from General Motors (PDF) further breaks down the recall population by year, make, model, number affected, and build dates as follows:
- 2013 Cadillac ATS – 531 vehicles, built from April 26, 2013 through May 13, 2013
- 2013 Cadillac Coach – 15 vehicles, built from April 30, 2013 through June 9, 2013
- 2013 Cadillac Limo – 2 vehicles, built on May 2, 2013
- 2013 Cadillac XTS – 277 vehicles, built from April 30, 2013 through May 9, 2013
- 2014 Chevrolet Impala – 802 vehicles, built from April 23, 2013 through May 9, 2013
2014 Chevrolet Impala, test drive in Hell, Michigan
2014 Chevrolet Impala, test drive in Hell, MichiganEnlarge Photo
The NHTSA bulletin says that the brake lights in affected vehicles may intermittently flash without the brakes being applied and that the cruise control could disengage. If this should happen 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.”
According to General Motors, the issue was discovered May 7, 2013 on a 2013 Cadillac ATS at the assembly plant. The root cause is within the body control module (BCM) that controls the stop lamps. The BCM is manufactured in Mexico.
General Motors said that it has not received any customer complaints on this issue as of May 23, 2013.
What GM will do
General Motors will notify owners of affected vehicles and dealers will replace the body control module at no charge. The General Motors safety recall campaign, identified as No. 13158, is expected to begin on June 7, 2013.
In the meantime, owners of 2013 Cadillac ATS and XTS luxury sedans and 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339 and Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V220000.