General Motors is recalling about 50,000 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave SUVs from 2011 and 2012 model years to fix potentially defective windshield wipers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that snow or ice buildup on the windshield or wiper could restrict movement of the wiper arms, which may cause them to loosen and become inoperative, increasing the risk of a crash.
“GM says dealers will fasten the wipers tighter than factory specifications to stop the problem from happening," writes The Associated Press. “The company says the loss of wipers hasn’t caused any crashes or injuries.”
The recall is limited to the District of Columbia and 28 states, which include Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The Associated Press also reports that GM dealers will tighten the wipers in other states at the owner’s request.
GM will notify owners of the affected vehicles and will perform the repairs free of charge starting around April 16. For more information about the recall, you may contact NHTSA’s traffic safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
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