GM is recalling 10,179 Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac SRX models from the 2011 model year, the latest in a long string of manufacturer recalls. “On these vehicles, the software in the electronic climate control (ECC) module may disable the ability to adjust the hearing, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system settings,” writes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its report of the recall. “If this happens, the driver will not be able to control the heating, cooling, and ventilation for the vehicle.” This could lead to a defroster malfunction, which could decrease visibility, thus increasing the risk of an accident. So far, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries due to this particular issue.
According to the Detroit News, only about a third of the vehicles are in consumer possession. The other two thirds are still on dealer lots, making them a quick fix for the automaker. About 8,000 of the vehicles included in the recall are Cadillac SRX models, while about 2,000 are Buick Lacrosses.
To find out whether your Lacrosse or SRX is included in the recall, you can contact Buick at 1-866-608-8080, Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339, or check at the GM Owner Center website at www.gmownercenter.com. GM has not mentioned if or when it will begin notifying owners. To find out more about the recall, visit www.safercar.gov.