Cadillac Recalls CT4 and CT5 Sedans for Problem With Side-Curtain Airbags

An issue during installation could result in the roof-rail airbag not properly deploying

2021 Cadillac CT4 Photo: Cadillac

General Motors is recalling 34,157 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans from the 2020-2022 model years to address a problem with the side-curtain airbags. The roof-rail airbags may not have been installed correctly, which could lead to them improperly deploying during a crash. This could increase the risk of injury to occupants.

According to GM, the airbags may have been twisted when installed between the two attachment points. The improperly installed airbags can be on the left side or right side of the affected vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notified GM on June 22, 2021, that the right-side roof-rail airbag in a 2020 Cadillac CT5 did not properly deploy during a crash test conducted on Aug. 13, 2020. GM opened an investigation on June 23, 2021. During inspection of approximately 1,300 vehicles at GM’s assembly plant, five vehicles with the twisted airbag installation were discovered. 

General Motors is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this problem.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 11,064 Cadillac CT4 sedans and 23,093 Cadillac CT5 sedans, all from the 2020-2022 model years.

The problem: The roof-rail curtain airbag on the left or right side of the vehicle may be installed incorrectly. This could prevent it from properly deploying in a crash, which could lead to injuries.

The fix: Cadillac dealers will inspect both the left- and right-side roof-rail airbags and, if they are found to be improperly installed, re-install them correctly. This will be done at no cost to the vehicle owner.

How to contact the manufacturer: General Motors will notify owners by mail starting Sept. 20, 2021. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 800-458-8006. GM’s own number for this recall is N212342780.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V611.

To see whether your vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.