GM has issued a recall concerning the car's electronic stability control system to fix a diagnostic issue that prevents owners from knowing when the system is disabled.
General Motors has issued a recall for the high-end 2014 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid vehicle. The recall affects 656 ELR vehicles without adaptive cruise control manufactured between September 26, 2013 and February 14th, 2014.
According to the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announcement, cars so equipped may have a faulty electronic stability control system that inhibits internal diagnostics and prevents owners from knowing if it's partially or completely disabled—which puts it at odds with the relevant federal motor vehicle safety standard.
The car is still safe to drive normally, but without electronic stability control functioning, it's tougher to retain directional control and can increase the likelihood of a crash. Owners can take their car to a nearby dealer service department for a free replacement of the electronic brake control module beginning April 17, 2014.
The two-door Cadillac ELR coupe was introduced in October 2013 as a somewhat indirect competitor to the four-door, but equally costly Tesla Model S sedan. The ELR starts at $75,000 and features a 300-mile range, thanks to its Chevy Volt-like combination of full electric propulsion and a small gas engine that helps recharge the batteries.