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Cadillac Fuel Leak Spurs Another GM Recall

A co-op student at a General Motors plant noticed a Cadillac fuel leak that launched the recall of 10,000 older vehicles. Nick Sulimirski, 21, detected the Cadillac fuel leak in his father’s 2004 CTS-V. He filed a report with GM’s new “Speak Up for Safety” program, which was designed to allow employees to submit information potential safety issues. The Cadillac recall was the first to arise since the employee reporting program was initiated in April.

Melted Connector Caused Cadillac Fuel Leak

The younger Sulimirski checked for the Cadillac fuel leak in 2013 after driving the vehicle and smelling the powerful odor of gasoline. He also found that the car would stall and had poor gas mileage. After a thorough inspection, Sulimirski and his father found that the electrical connector to the vehicle’s fuel pump module had melted. The melted connector created the Cadillac fuel leak by failing to route the fuel to the fuel line. The fuel would then spill on top of the fuel tank, causing a dangerous situation.

Cadillac Fuel Leak Leads to Dangerous Conditions

The following summer, Sulimirski took a co-op job at the GM Powertrain facility in Pontiac. He learned of the Speak Up for Safety program and submitted the information on the Cadillac fuel leak. Further investigation revealed that the fuel pump module was prone to overheating. Engineers later learned that the issue could lead to dangerous conditions, such as stalling and sporadic engine performance. Sulimirski received recognition for his efforts from GM CEO Mary Barra and GM Vice President for Safety Jeff Boyer.

Cadillac Fuel Leak Extends Record Recalls

The company announced the recall for the Cadillac fuel leak in September, which covered the CTS-V models from 2004 to 2007 and the STS-V vehicles from 2006 and 2007. The recall encompasses about 10,000 vehicles and is the 69th recall issued by GM. The recalls range from seat bolt assemblies to roof rack mounts and have covered more than 30 million vehicles.

Cadillac Fuel Leak And GM Ignition Switch Recall

While the Cadillac fuel leak recall covers only 10,000 vehicles, the biggest recall that GM has issued this year stems from defective ignition switches found in more than 2.6 million vehicles. The faulty switches were found in several popular GM small cars, including the Chevrolet Cobalt, the Saturn Ion and the Pontiac Grand Am. The ignition switch recall also extends to some Cadillac models, including the CTS models listed in the Cadillac fuel leak recall.

Cadillac Fuel Leak And New GM Culture

The company has trumpeted the report and follow-up on the Cadillac fuel leak as a signal of its new culture regarding safety issues. Sulimirski told a local newspaper that he “didn’t feel pressured or scared” and that he did not feel “a culture of fear within GM” regarding his report of the Cadillac fuel leak. Mr. Boyer stated that the Speak Up for Safety program encourages the idea that “safety is everybody’s responsibility” and that employees should speak up if they see potential defects.

Source: Detroit News

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