2014 Cadillac ELR test car in New York's Hudson Valley, March 2014Enlarge Photo
The Cadillac ELR extended-range electric car has received its first recall. The software for the car’s electronic stability control (ESC) system may inhibit certain ESC diagnostics, which in turn may cause the system to fail in alerting the driver when the ESC is either partially or fully disabled.
According to Cadillac, this means the vehicles fail to conform with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems." Clearly if a driver was uninformed that his or her car’s ESC system was disabled, they are more likely to lose control of their vehicle and end up causing an accident.
The recall only affects 2014 Cadillac ELRs manufactured from September 26, 2013 through February 14, 2014, and then only those examples that aren't fitted with adaptive cruise control. A total 656 ELRs are said to be included in the recall.
Cadillac is in the process of notifying owners of the recalled cars. The remedy requires dealers to recalibrate the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM), a service they will offer free of charge. For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 14V144000) or Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339.