GM has issued a safety recall via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA for certain units of the 2023 and 2024 Cadillac Lyriq which are believed to have an improperly welded rear seat belt anchorage bracket, leading to potential failure under stress.
No remedy is currently available for the recalled 2023 Cadillac Lyriq or 2024 Cadillac Lyriq crossovers, though the problem can be avoided by not using certain seating positions until the fix goes live.
According to GM, the seat belt buckle bracket that serves as an anchor point for the seat belts of the rear center and left rear seats. The supplier of the part misaligned the bracket during production, leading to poor quality, weaker welds between the bracket and the seat frame.
Because of this issue, sudden application of force, such as during a collision, could cause the bracket to fail. This leads to a risk of injuries or fatalities among those using the seat belts in the affected positions. As of this time, no such injuries are known to have been caused by the manufacturing defect.
A total of 43 affected Lyriq units have been identified using manufacturing records and part trace data, with 100 percent involvement among this population and no problems outside it. The affected 2023 and 2024 Cadillac Lyriq crossovers were produced between March 14th, 2023 and July 22nd, 2023.
GM does not currently have the components necessary to complete the repair of this defect. However, the risks associated with it can be avoided by leaving the left rear and center rear seating positions unoccupied until the fix is available and applied. The right rear seating position’s seatbelt is correctly welded and safe to use.
Once the remedy is available, GM will notify owners of the affected Cadillac Lyriq units of the fix in a separate bulletin. The General will also mail letters containing a notification to owners of record for affected vehicles. Owner notification will start on January 8th, 2024.
The fix, once available, will involve replacement of the existing seat frame with new seat frames equipped with correctly welded seat belt brackets, carried out by dealership service personnel. It will be offered to owners free of charge.
Owners of potentially affected Cadillac Lyriq units can check the GM Owner Center or NHTSA website to see if their vehicle is involved by entering its VIN. They can also use the contact information below if they have additional questions for Cadillac and/or the NHTSA:
- GM recall number: N232425220
- Cadillac customer service number: 1-800-333-4223
- NHTSA campaign number: 23V-785
- NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline: 1-888-327-4236