14,245 Cadillac, Buick models recalled over power steering issue

(November 11, 2010) DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 14,245 Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne cars with V-8 engines from the 2010 and 2011 model year because the vehicles can have a starter or alternator cable that comes in contact with the power steering return line.

Such contact could cause the cable to wear through the power steering line causing a power steering fluid leak and a loss of power steering. Contact also may wear away the cable protective wrap, conduit and wire insulation, so there is metal-to-metal contact, which could result in battery drain. If the exposed battery cable separates from the power-steering line, there could be enough sparks for a hole to be melted in the line. If the power steering fluid contacts hot metal parts of the engine, there could be a fire.

Dealers will inspect harness routing and correct as needed to eliminate contact with the power steering line. GM is aware of four fires but no injuries associated with this condition.   Unsold models of these cars are being held on dealer lots until repairs can be made.

Any repairs related to this condition will be performed for free. Customer letters will be mailed Nov. 19.