Cadillac Issues Recall for ATS Due to Overheating Coil Antenna

Cadillac Issues Recall for ATS Due to Overheating Coil Antenna
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September 25, 2015

A fire hazard in a luxury sedan is prompting a recall from Cadillac.

The automaker, a division of General Motors, announced this week that is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS sedan vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the coil antenna module that powers the rear defogger system may generate excessive heat due to excessive cycling or continuous operation.

In the event that the coil antenna generates excessive heat, there is an increased risk of fire hazard.

The manufacturing processes used on the printed circuit board within the coil antenna module produced connections that may result in critically weak terminal connectivity. As these vehicles contain "auto on" options for the rear defogger, the coil may remain heated when its use is not required.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the Electronic Climate Control module to remove the automatic rear defogger "on" function, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners can contact Cadillac customer service at (800) 458-8006.