According to a recent recall in Canada, some units of the Cadillac Escalade may not activate their automatic headlamps in the appropriate lighting conditions. This condition could reduce visibility for the driver, and thus increase the risk of a crash. Now, General Motors will update affected units with a software fix.
The recall was initially issued on August 24th, 2023, and is tagged with Transport Canada Recall number 2023-472. The recall was last updated August 28th, 2024. The General Motors recall number is N232417190. The recall affects units of the Cadillac Escalade produced between the 2021, 2022, and 2023 model years, and includes both the standard-length model, as well as the extended-length Cadillac Escalade ESV. Several other GM models are also listed in the recall, with an estimated 163,611 units total affected.
As outlined by the recall, affected units may not activate their automatic headlamps soon enough as ambient lighting conditions darken. Canadian regulations require that automatic headlamps activate when ambient light levels drop below 1,000 lux. An ambient lighting level of 1,000 lux is roughly equivalent to that of an overcast day, while illumination levels of 400 lux are roughly equivalent to that of sunrise or sunset on a clear day. For reference, an illumination level of 0.05 to 0.3 lux is roughly equivalent to a clear night with a full moon.
In order to address this issue, General Motors will issue an over-the-air software update to eligible vehicles that will wirelessly update the software in the vehicle’s body control module, or BCM. As an alternative, customers can opt to have the software update performed manually by scheduling an appointment at their local Cadillac dealership.
Cadillac Escalade owners can contact GM Canada directly by calling 1-800-263-3777. In addition, customers can visit the GM Canada recall and warranty website and enter their VIN to determine whether or not this recall applies to their vehicle.