The recess did not comply with federal standards, thereby allowing the sunroof to be closed with less force than necessary to comply with federal standards. Given that no crashes, injuries, or fatalities have been associated with the condition, we’d call the recall and associated federal standards “dumb and unnecessary”… but Cadillac’s solution to the recall isn’t any better.
To comply with said federal regulations, Cadillac is having dealers replace the sunroof switch trim plate. The problem is that the new switch trim plate doesn’t exactly look good. Witness the before and after:
To us, the new new plate makes the (already not-very-attractive) overhead console look like it’s from the era when computers were all beige and ran Windows 95. Not only that, but the new, fatter trim plate also hides the Tilt and Slide buttons, requiring the driver to look under the buttons to access them.
All in all, we would have liked to see Cadillac design a better solution to this particular recall, especially given that we’re talking luxury products for a brand that is trying to rebuild itself.