Cadillac ATS Recalled For Sunroof Issues
I may have fallen in love with the Cadillac ATS when I reviewed it a few weeks ago, but my praises don’t prevent a car from having issues. Edmunds is now reporting that the Cadillac ATS will soon be subject to a national recall for the car’s sunroof. GM has confirmed the recall is happening, but there has yet to be an official notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The recall itself covers the switch to operate the sunroof, and not actually the panel itself. If you are an owner, and start sweating about a leaky sunroof, you have nothing to worry about. The problem with the switch stems from the amount of force necessary to operate the closing mechanism. If even partially depressed, the sunroof will close. While hardly a real problem, that switch does not meet the government mandated safety standard for activation pressure, and so it must be fixed.
Once the recall passes through all the regulatory necessities to become official, GM will begin notifying the owners who own a model with the suspected defect. If you own one of the nearly 67,000 affected vehicles, a quick a trip to a dealer will see a new trim plate installed for the switch that should correct the issue, but wait until you get your letter. If you are buying a new ATS, the car will be repaired before it is allowed to leave the dealer lot.
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Why it matters
The recall may seem like an inconsequential one, but the problem could have just as easily been a window switch, and just imagine how troublesome it would be if your window rolled down every time you shut the door too hard or laid your arm on the armrest. The regulations regarding things like actuation pressure for switches may seem unimportant, but in many instances the issue is safety.
The Cadillac ATS is the compact sports sedan from the luxury arm of General Motors. It is aimed squarely at competition like the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The ATS is sold in both Coupe and Sedan models with multiple engine and transmission options. Engine choices include four and six-cylinder units, both naturally aspirated and turbocharged.