Cadillac ELR Recall – 656 ELRs Recalled Due To Fault In Electronic Stability Control System


With Cadillac ELR Deliveries Just Getting Underway, the EREV ELR Has Been Hit With Its First Recall

With Cadillac ELR Deliveries Just Getting Underway, the EREV ELR Has Been Hit With Its First Recall

The mounds of recent recalls affecting General Motors’ models continues to pile up. in hybrid Cadillac ELR.  656 ELRs to be exact.

Given that only 105 have been sold through the end of March, and this recall involves about half the Cadillac’s produced, it likely only affects about 50 cars that are actually on the road today.

At fault is an issue with the programming for the ELR’s electronic stability control system.  It seems some software tweaking will be necessary to fix the problem, which at present prevents the system from alerting the driver that ESC has been partially or fully disabled.

Dealers have been issued a stop delivery notice by GM until this problem is addressed.

Dealers Told to Stop ELR Deliveries

Dealers Told to Stop ELR Deliveries

General Motors notes that this is a simple fix and that it’ll only take 20 minutes for Cadillac techs to complete the procedure.

See the attached NHTSA images below for additional information on the ELR recall.

ELR Recall Notice

ELR Recall Notice

Cadillac ELR Recall Letter

Cadillac ELR Recall Letter

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33 Comments on "Cadillac ELR Recall – 656 ELRs Recalled Due To Fault In Electronic Stability Control System"

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Fortunately for GM, most of them are still in showrooms…

Haha, maybe those ELRs just fell into the poolside…

And they downed Volt production lines for THIS?

Where *do* they get this marketing and product-management talent? I want to send some of that to my enemies 🙂

What automaker holds the record for the most recalls? Amazingly, it’s NOT GM…

Don’t let Chris O. read that article. He’s a “Toyota Shill” (using his terms) and will only defend Toyota at all costs. If you correct him on his assertions about GM, you’re instantly a GM shill who is clearly part of the large conspiracy to

(insert fanatical claim here that cannot be backed by proof) 😉

In a related light, GM *didn’t* recall their vehicles with ignition switch defects for 12 years.

All automakers have defects. Whether they choose to create service bulletins or recalls is their prerogative.

They also acted very quickly on the Volt.

So, GM “cares” more about its plugin cars over ICE cars?

I fear many of the Caddy buyers are now driving Teslas. Tesla is the new Caddy/Lincoln/Imperial in a lot of people’s mind.

What I find funny is that at $75k($40k more than the Volt), the ELR does not come with Adaptive Cruise Control as standard.

Didn’t the Tesla Roadster sell for $100k and not have adaptive cruise control either?

I don’t think the Model S has it either, correct me if I’m wrong.

The difference is that the Model S starts as a 265 EV mile full electric 5+2 passenger sedan, with Supercharger enabled and 362 hp at $72k.

The ELR/Volt is a plug-in hybrid with 35 EV miles and 35mpg compact car at $75k.

I feel like you proved my point. Comparing a single option to a single metric (e.g. price) does not paint a clear picture, whether it be GM, Tesla, Ford, or Nissan.

Bloggin is a famous “GM basher” on this site…

Why are we still wasting bandwidth or time with him?

Bloggin like to “bash” GM whenever he gets a chance.

Remember Mike Royko’s (sp?) Newspaper column in the Chicago Paper? He always used to come down hard on self appointed techno-geeks who’d always say stuff like “My Modem is BIGGER than your modem”. It’s the same here. I personally tend to like the ELR and don’t find it as overpriced as the Model S, seeing as in the long run where I live with essentially no superchargers ever planned near me (the closest one will require a passport and a hastle at the border along with long wait times). I’d think it would take less service also. What annual routine service is mandated for the Model S? And what does a Tesla Service Center charge for the mandated service? For the Tesla Roadster, Mandated minimum service works out to being about $790 per year for me. I’ve never spent so much on a car for preventative maintenance, but then I’ve never bought a $109K car before. I would doubt the Caddy would require this amount of yearly service, seeing as the Volt doesn’t require much. I’m also quite tired of people calling the car exactly the same as the volt, what with 0-60 times being 1 second quicker. Tesla keeps… Read more »

I am still waiting to see a “head to head” road and track test, by an independent 3rd party (e.g. magazine?) of the ELR vs Volt in terms of performance.

THAT should be really interesting and clear up a great deal of uncertainty about the value of the ELR over the Volt.

And I just had my Model S into the Tesla Service Center (Rocklin, CA) for the 3-level battery protection upgrade on Saturday. They also upgraded the software, replaced the windshield wipers, rotated the tires, and did a overall safety check on the car at 11,300 miles. ALL FREE ! And I also have a 2014 Volt after 3 years with a 2011 Volt, so I am quite impressed with GM’s backing of the Volt though shocked at the ignition switch fiasco across so many of their other cars.

George, did you pay for an extended service plan with your S, or is the windshield wiper (normally considered a wear item, it is on my Roadster, for instance) replacement going to be free for the duration of your warranty?

When I used to sell Volvos in the eighties, The Swedish company thought they could build a low-volume halo car and up their image. It was called the 780 Bertone, their second collaboration with the Italian design house/coachbuilder. It all sounded wonderful – Volvo would ship the chassis and mechanicals to Italy for the Italians to install Italian leather, fancy wood and a sexy Italian-designed coupe body that looked like a very well pressed Italian suit. Sounded good, but the implementation left lots to be desired. Wack wiring harnesses made windshield wipers work when adjusting the power seats – the whole car would short out when you turned the ignition key – that is, if the 12v battery didn’t completely drain from phantom loads whilst it sat in your garage! In short – A COMPLETE FAILURE AND EMBARRASSMENT TO VOLVO. Sexy Italian duds on a stout Volvo platform – looked good on paper… Enter ELR. Cadillac’s umpteenth attampt at a halo gone wrong. Can you name the Cadillac flops? 1)XLR 2)Allante ( Caddy’s “Italian Job” ) 3)BLS – Built in Russia and Sweden on Saab 9-3 platform – took a dive in Europe 4)Cimarron 5)various Sevilles ( 1970s-1980s ) 6)any… Read more »

James, I think you need to start your own car company.

You up for B.O.O.* ?

* _ullshit Operating Officer


Haha, so much hatred in these forums lately!

Naw, I like you a lot.

Agree or disagree – we’re brothers in EV.

All in fun. All in fun.

Haha, Amen brother. 😉

Time will tell about the ultimate reliability of the ELR, but to these eyes it seems a more serious attempt than those Cimmaron things. The recall (which as Musk says, Tesla doesn’t do since it impacts Musk’s share price – they just perform the change (latest is titanium and aluminum shields to prevent more embarrassing fires) is done whenever the car is in for servicing), for the ELR is a very very minor thing. All the safety equipment presumably works, the failure here is that there may not be a proper notification should it malfunction, which in the vast majority of cars it probably would never malfunction at any time.

So, without ESC it is a bit like a 10 year old car?

Well, at least the recall only affects a few ELRs..

And it’s happening sooner rather than later…

At least they didn’t wait 12 years for this recall. 😉

GM got too greedy. $75K is a ridiculous price for what EVERYONE knows is a gussied up Volt. Sure there are a few performance improvements and luxury styling. But not enough to MORE THAN DOUBLE the price of the Volt.

Don’t forget that part of what you get for that $75k is that everyone knows you paid $75k. At one time economists called this the Cadillac Effect — a higher price actually offsets all or part of the (presumed) decline in the quantity demanded.

The GM made the ELR because they listened to all those people who wanted to buy a Volt but thought the $40K+ price tag was not appropriate for a Chevy. Where GM messed up was pricing the ELR at $75K when it should have undercut the low end Model S by at least 10K. The ELR at $65K would sell better.


105 ELRs were sold through the end of February. We do not know how many were sold in March yet 🙂

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