GM recalls 50,000 SUVs for wipers

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In a rare, regionally targeted recall campaign, General Motors Company is asking the owners of some of its crossover SUVs from various divisions to bring in their vehicles and have the windshield wipers looked at. Only owners who live in the northern states are affected.

Recall targets colder regions

The problem stems from a nut that holds the windshield wiper arm in place. The recall affects only those owners in colder regions because cold and ice can potentially can loosen the nut and affect the operation of the wiper arm.

Three different GM Divisions

The recall affects more than 50,000 crossover SUVs from three different GM divisions. Owners of the 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave or GMC Acadia who live in the District of Columbia, or any of the 28 states targeted by the recall campaign, can expect to receive recall notices beginning on April 16.

Twenty-eight states

The states included in the recall campaign are 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.

Wiper motion restricted by ice

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in its website announcement of the campaign:

“Snow or ice buildup on the windshield or on the wiper restricts the movement of the wiper arm. The wiper arm may loosen and cause the wiper to become inoperative. If this occurs, driver visibility could be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.”

In excess of factory specs

GM says it is not aware of any crashes caused by failing windshield wipers. However, it promises to tighten the wiper arms in excess of the factory specifications, free of charge, for any affected owner who brings his or her vehicle in to an authorized dealership.

The world’s largest-selling automaker also says that, if requested by an owner, it will also tighten the windshield wiper arm nuts on affected vehicles not in the targeted regions, free of charge.

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Contact regarding recall

Those who are interested in learning more about the recall campaign are encouraged to call the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 and ask about recall campaign #12V151000. Those who wish to speak to the automaker directly, however, can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or GMC at 800-462-8782.


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