In September 2014, General Motors issued a recall for almost 500,000 vehicles due to faulty toe adjusters. The recall covers two SUVs: 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX models and 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X models. In the affected vehicles, the jam nut in the rear suspension toe adjuster link may not be torqued to the proper specification. In the U.S., loose toe adjusters in these SUVs have been linked to at least three crashes and multiple injuries.
A loose toe adjuster link can cause the vehicle to sway or wander at highway speeds, activate the vehicle’s electronic stability control system, and cause excessive wear to the threads in the link. Owners may hear loud metallic noises coming from the rear suspension when travelling, particularly when going over bumps or potholes. If the threads in the link become too worn out, the link may separate. This separation, if it occurs while the vehicle is being driven, creates sudden vehicle instability and greatly increases the risk of a crash as drivers can lose control of the vehicle. It is imperative that owners of these vehicles take them to the closest Cadillac or Saab dealers for inspection. The dealer will inspect the rear toe links and replace parts if there is evidence of damage or a loose link. To find the dealership closest to you, go to http://www.cadillac.com/luxury-dealer-locator.html.