Do you own a 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover? Was your build date (printed on the sticker inside the driver’s door) between December 4 and December 23, 2009? If so, you can expect to hear from GM in the near future. Cadillac SRX models built between these dates may have a power steering line damaged during the build process. If the line leaks, a loss of power steering may occur, resulting in a heavy steering feel. In a worst case scenario, the leaking power steering fluid could contact a hot engine, resulting in the risk of a fire.
GM points out that no crashes or injuries have occurred as a result of this defect, and believes that only a handful of vehicles will have a damaged power steering line. Still, manufacturers err on the side of caution these days, hence the recall of approximately 3,500 SRX crossovers.
Dealers will inspect and replace the power steering line as needed when the recall kicks off later this month. Owners who experience an unusual noise from their power steering pump or notice leaking oil beneath their car should contact their dealer for a service appointment ASAP; otherwise, owners will receive the recall notice via mail. If you have questions or concerns, you can reach Cadillac’s customer service at (866) 982-2339.