Recall 18V595000

Front Seat Heaters Produce Excessive Heat

Recall Details

The front seat heated seat mats may become damaged over time and as a result produce excessive heat that can become a fire hazard. This can especially be concerning when the heated seats are active while the vehicle is unattended, such as when using the remote start feature. Dealers will re-calibrate the body control module in order to disable the automatic activation of the heated seat when the vehicle is remotely started free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The heated seat elements in the front seats may become damaged over time, causing the mats to produce excessive heat. This can cause a concern of creating a fire hazard. The fire hazard could be present without the vehicle being unattended also, if the seat heaters are active while the remote start feature is being used.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Cadillac must be performed by a Cadillac dealership. General Motors will notify known owners of affected vehicles (a timetable of this notification is unavailable as of the time of this writing). If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Cadillac dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The General Motors recall number is 18286.

Electrical & Lights, September 07, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
September 07, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2014-2016 Cadillac CTS vehicles, equipped with heated front seats. The flexible heating mats in the front seats may be damaged over time, resulting in the seat heaters producing excessive heat.
In cold ambient temperatures, the seat heaters in these vehicles can turn on automatically when the vehicle is remotely started. If a damaged seat heater is turned on while no one is inside the vehicle, the damaged seat heater can overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the body control module, disabling the automatic activation of the heated seat when the vehicle is remotely started, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for the recall is 18286.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to
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