General Motors (GM) will be conducting a safety recall for certain 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles equipped with 18 inch wheels and that have not had service that required removal and re-installation of the wheels.
According to the recall report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), durability testing of certain 2013 SRX mid-size luxury crossover SUVs found that a combination of 18 inch wheels, wheel nuts with blue tint Teflon content topcoat, a nut torque at the lower end of the acceptable range, and a rarely occurring rotor dimensional characteristic could contribute to loosening of the wheel nuts.
If this occurs, drivers may hear a creaking, rattling, or grinding noise originating from the wheel area combined with steering wheel vibrations. Failure to correct the problem could lead to the wheel studs fracturing and wheel lug nuts detaching. The problem could result in the tire completely separating from the vehicle, increasing the chance of an accident and injury.
GM will begin notifying owners beginning June 03, 2013 and dealers will inspect the wheel nuts and studs while performing a tire rotation. All vehicles involved in this recall are still covered under warranty and will be preformed free of charge. For more information about the wheel lug problem, contact GM at 800-521-7300.