AUTOS: Goofs by the Great

Cadillac takes pride in living up to its advertising slogan—"A Tradition of Excellence." Rarely has the company been forced to publicly admit product goofs by issuing hefty recall orders. But recently the General Motors division has been in the news twice, and both times the headlines involved defects.

Last month Cadillac announced that it was recalling 3,900 of the 267,787 vehicles it made this model year. In seven known instances, a weak rear axle had caused the back wheels to separate from the chassis. The endangered vehicles included all Cadillac hearses made this year, as well as floral cars, ambulances and...

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