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General Motors recalls Cadillac ATS

Rear defroster control can overheat and catch fire.


September 10, 2015
by The Canadian Press

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling about 121,000 Cadillacs because the rear window defroster control can overheat and catch fire.

The recall announced Sept. 9 covers ATS small sports sedans from the 2013 to 2016 model years sold mainly in North America.

GM says it has four reports of fires but no injuries. The company says the problem happens because of a weak electrical connection in the module that powers the defroster, located in the driver’s side rear pillar.

The problem happens after the defroster is cycled a lot or run continuously. GM says fewer than 1 per cent of the cars have the problem.

Dealers will update climate control software to remove a function that automatically turns the defroster on. Drivers will still be able to turn on the defroster manually.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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