Cadillac is one of the first automotive brands in the United States, following Buick, another General Motors brand. In the beginning of the 1900s, Cadillac was the leader in mass production of luxury vehicles and was also at the forefront of technological advances and establishing the standards in the American automobile industry. Cadillac currently sells several models of sedans, coupes, and SUVs.
One interesting thing about Cadillac is that the company, after WWII, introduced the curved glass windshield into the American market, creating the windshield standard for vehicles. Though Cadillac had a strong beginning in the automobile industry and produces reliable cars, it is not free from its mistakes.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2019 Cadillac XT5 received an overall front star rating 4 out of 5 based on the frontal barrier test, which simulates a head-on collision between two similar cars that are moving at a speed of about 35 mph. In this testing, the front passenger side also received a 4 out of 5 and the rollover rating was based off of a loss-of-control scenario and the XT5 received a 4 out of 5 rating. The modern Cadillac models tend to fall in this 4 out of 5 star range, rather than receiving higher scores like its competitors.
Cadillac had to recall nearly 100,000 2013 and 2014 Cadillac ATS and CTS models because it was determined that in some cases the driver may not be able to shift the transmission in or out of gear. General Motors announced that it was recalling over 8 million Cadillac CTS models worldwide because there were a report of seven crashes, eight injuries, and three deaths connected to the recalled vehicles that were not repaired. Cadillac was also part of the 34 million vehicle recall due to faulty airbags.
Needless to say, Cadillac has had its share of defects and recalls over the years, and new owners should be careful to look into any noticeable defects on their vehicle.
If you are experiencing issues with a lemon car in California, make sure to check the warranty documents to see if they are covered, report any issues to the dealership and manufacturer, and document everything, including any repairs that were made. If you have questions about California lemon laws or you are looking to pursue action against Cadillac, contact Kaufman & Kavicky, LLP.