Cadillac ATS Recalled Over Fire Risk

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu
cadillac ats recalled over fire risk

The Cadillac ATS is being recalled for a potential fire hazard with its rear-window defroster.

In total 121,000 Cadillac ATS sedans from the 2013-2016 model years are affected by the recall, which involves the rear-window defroster possibly overheating due to weak terminal connectivity in the coil antenna module.

According to the American automaker, the coil antenna module powers the rear defroster and if it overheats it can then catch fire in the driver’s side rear pillar after continuous use. The company is aware of four fires related to the defect, but no crashes, injuries or deaths have been tied to the issue.

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Those affected by the recall will have to take their Cadillac ATS sedan to the dealership so that the climate control software can be updated to remove a feature that automatically turns on the defroster. Owners will still be able to turn on the defroster manually.

The recall affects about 97,000 units in the U.S. while the remaining 24,000 are outside the country including Canada and Mexico.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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