General Motors (GM), the infamous company behind the ignition switch recall, has announced a recall encompassing about 32,000 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs from the 2016 model year for a severe issue with the windshield wipers. The defective wipers may short out during use, potentially causing the wiper motor to malfunction and catch fire.
The windshield wiper defect was discovered after one of the wiper motors malfunctioned on a car in a Lansing, Mich., factory earlier this year. As a result of GM’s newly founded “Speak up for Safety” program, the automaker immediately initiated an investigation to learn the cause of the problem. No other fires have yet been reported to the automaker.
The investigation uncovered the issue was with the wiper’s electrical terminals, which could come into contact with each other and cause the fire.
While only 6,400 of the recalled vehicles were sold to the public, the rest of the defective vehicles will stay on dealership lots until repairs are completed. The parts ordered to fix the windshield wiper defect will be used to first repair the vehicles already owned, then GM will begin repairing the unsold vehicles.
Most of the recalled SUVs are in North America. GM will also pick up the vehicle if inclement weather is preventing the owner from taking it in for repairs. Rental cars may also be arranged if parts for service aren’t yet available.
Consumers affected by the recall are asked to refrain from using their windshield wipers until the repairs are completed.