Today’s vehicles have more electronics in them than ever, from cabin tech to powertrain controls. While these advances have made cars safer, more convenient and reliable for the most part, there can sometimes be unintended consequences when these sub-systems don’t function as intended. Something like that has happened with General Motors’ 2013 Buick LaCrosse sedans and Cadillac SRX crossover. The U.S. automaker has recalled around 34,000 cars due to faulty software.
General Motors (GM) said yesterday that it is recalling 33,700 cars of which 26,582 are Cadillac SRX SUVs (built between May 29, 2012, and February 18, 2013) and the rest are Buick LaCrosse sedans (2013 model). According to GM, the cars have software glitch for which the problem may cause the transmission to slip unexpectedly from manual to automatic mode. In other word, the software glitch in the transmission programming may cause the transmission to switch to sport mode, which disables engine braking.
GM sold 26,582 cars (Cadillac SRX and Buick LaCrosse) in the U.S., 1,300 in Canada, and the rest in Mexico, the Middle East, and China. Luckily GM has found no reports of crashes or injuries related to the issue, still the company prefers to re-check the sold Cadillac SRX SUV and Buick LaCrosse sedans (2013 model) and see which ones have faulty software and which ones have not. If anyone driving one of these cars have any doubt about the car’s software can stop by a dealership and get the software reprogrammed (if necessary) absolutely free of cost.