WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 4,907 2004-'07 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles in cold-weather states because road salt may cause corrosion and cause brake fluid to leak, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"Snow or water containing road salt or other contaminants may corrode the front brake hose fitting at the caliper," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "Corrosion may cause the brake system to leak, which could lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash."
GM told federal safety regulators that a sign of a brake-hose leak would be fluid spotting on the ground. If enough fluid were lost, the brake-system warning light and a "Check Brake Fluid" message would appear in the Driver Information Center. It said "in rare cases, the brake hose may rupture suddenly without prior warning."
This is an expansion of a 2009 recall of the 2003-'07 Cadillac CTS.
GM spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds there are no injuries or crashes linked to the current recall.
The affected CTS-V vehicles were built from September 6, 2003 to June 11, 2007.
They are currently registered or originally sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these cars and notice fluid spotting on the ground, get the car in for service immediately. Others should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their dealer.