General Motors is recalling nearly 70,000 Cadillac ATS vehicles from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 model years. According to Detroit News, GM wants to fix the switch that opens and closes the ATS' sunroof.
The problem is, that switch is very sensitive -- too sensitive to meet federal regulations -- and since it's not recessed, it's more likely to be grazed accidentally by the driver. Even a slight touch can cause the sunroof to open or close. That could cause a distraction for the driver, especially if she's driving in inclement weather, or it could pinch fingers if it closes on them.
The flaw appears to affect only the sedan version of the ATS, not the coupe. All told, GM estimates that 67,000 vehicles are included in the recall, most of which are registered in the U.S. and Canada. The automaker has also issued a stop-sale for vehicles still on dealers' lots.
The recall has yet to be approved -- and thus, posted -- by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When it has been routed through the proper channels, GM will mail recall notices to owners, and after receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Cadillac dealer. There, a new trim plate will be installed, which should make the sunroof switch harder to trigger.
If you own a 2013-2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and have further questions, we encourage you to contact Cadillac customer service at 800-458-8006 (U.S.) or 800-263-3777 (Canada).