General Motors Company is issuing a vehicle defect recall for nearly 20,000 new Cadillac SRX SUVs for faulty wheel lug nuts. According to a news report in The Detroit News, GM has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is recalling 18,871 of the 2013 SRX SUVs in the United States and nearly 1,000 in Canada due to concerns that a wheel could eventually fall off, posing a serious safety issue.

Loose Wheel Lug Nuts

The Detroit automaker has been investigating the issue of wheel nuts coming loose since October 2012. General Motors said that it determined that the wheel nuts with blue-tint Teflon topcoat could loosen. In March and April, the automaker reported receiving six reports from consumers of noise and other issues caused by loose lug buts.

However, a company spokesman says the automaker has not received any reports of wheels falling out. Owners could experience creaking, rattling or grinding noises from the loose wheels or vibrations from the steering. When the recall begins in June, GM dealers will remove and reinstall the nuts and rotate the tires at no cost to consumers.

Prior GM Recall

This is the second recall of the Cadillac SRX models since March of this year. In March, GM recalled about 26,500 model-year 2013 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles and 2013 Buick Lacrosse sedans to address a potential software problem that could increase the risk of a crash. This problem involved an issue that could cause the transmission to inadvertently shift to Sport mode removing a transmission-related engine braking effect.

Auto Product Liability Issues

These are without question dangerous auto defects that could result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. When a vehicle’s wheel comes loose, there is very little opportunity even for an experienced driver to regain control of the vehicle. In addition to the defective vehicle’s occupants, surrounding pedestrians and other motorists are also in danger of getting hurt.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an auto defect, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced auto products liability lawyer who will fight for your rights and ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for your losses. Following the crash, it is critical that the vehicle in question is preserved for a thorough inspection by a qualified expert who will help determine if defects, malfunctions or design flaws played a part in the crash.