NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2004 Cadillac SRX

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2004 Cadillac SRX, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: SUNROOF GLASS FAILURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA06001

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 20, 2006
    • Date Closed: December 01, 2006
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Visibility:Sun Roof Assembly

    Summary: ODI's investigation of the Cadillac Srx glass roof did not identify any defective manufacturing process, design, or quality control issue with the Srx glass roof system.GM believes that the most likely cause of breakage is stone or sharp object impact against the glass.the investigation included a peer multi-vehicle analysis.that analysis found that other vehicles with large glass roof systems experience random stone/object impacts and broken glass panels.the incident rate for the subject vehicles did not stand out in this analysis.the Srx ultraview power glass roof consists of up to three tempered glass panels surrounded by metal trim around the perimeter of the roof structure.the main front panel is a large movable glass panel residing over the first and second row occupants.the middle non-movable panel is not accessible from the inside.the rear non-movable panel is an optional panel (ultraview plus option) and is viewable from the inside.a safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will monitor this issue and reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.see summary report for additional information.

  2. INVESTIGATION: SUN ROOF GLASS FAILURE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE05052

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 22, 2005
    • Date Closed: January 20, 2006
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Visibility:Sun Roof Assembly

    Summary: Of the 17 complaints, there were 9 injury incidents resulting in 19 individuals being injured.the injuries consist of cuts and scrapes to occupant's face, arm, hand or leg.some injuries were the direct result of the falling glass fragments while other injuries occurred when occupants were exiting the vehicle or while handling the glass fragments.in addition, there were five warranty claims related to the issue for a total of 22 reports.GM has not identified any manufacturing process or quality control issue with the movable sun roof/moon roof glass panel.they believe the most likely cause of the breakage is random stone or sharp debris impact to the glass roof structure.ODI's analysis indicates that the number of incidents will continue to increase as MY 2006 vehicles are sold and put into service.the evidence indicates that the broken glass fragments will fall directly onto both the front and middle row seat occupants of these vehicles.these occurrences may pose a risk of driver distraction and/or occupant injury.this investigation is being upgraded to an engineering analysis (EA06-001) to further assess this matter and will include MY 2006 Srx vehicles.

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