Cadillac SRX, Several Aston Martins Recalled for Steering Issues

Some recalls cover minor issues like loose trim pieces. Others cover more serious issues like the leaky power steering hoses in some 2010 Cadillac SRXs and cracking suspension bolts in certain Aston Martin models.

2010 Cadillac SRX

The Problem: According to a statement released by GM, the problem lies in a vulnerable power steering hose installed on Cadillac SRXs built in December 2009. The problem lies with a crimp made on the hose during its manufacture that may have damaged the hose, which could then leak and spill hydraulic fluid all over the place. The result would be, at minimum, the loss of power-assist for the steering and, at worse, a fire caused by flammable hydraulic fluid splashing on hot engine components. GM says it's only aware of two or three cases of this problem and that none has resulted in a crash or injury.

The Fix: Your local GM dealer will inspect and replace the power steering hose in question as needed. The repair will be performed free of charge under NHTSA Recall No. 10V450000. A timeline for the recall and repairs has not yet been announced. Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 3459 in the U.S., 341 in China (3996 total)

2007 - 2008 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and Volante, DBS and V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster

The Problem: The "Front Bottom Suspension Arm Cam Bolts," presumably connecting the lower control arms of the front suspension to their mounting brackets, are in danger of cracking and allowing the lower control arms to move in directions they're not supposed to, or possibly become disconnected from the vehicle. Such movement would adversely affect the steering of the vehicle and the driver's ability to maintain control, which could result in a crash.

The Fix: Your local Aston Martin dealer will cheerfully replace the cam bolts with new, stronger bolts. The recall will begin on or before October 18, 2010 under Aston Martin Recall No. RA-04-0014 and NHTSA Recall No 10V449000.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 1090

Source: NHTSA, GM

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