2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave Recalled for Windshield Wiper
The owners of about 6,400 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave SUVs will perhaps want to check their mail for recall notices, as a flaw with their windshield wiper motors has been discovered.
According to Automotive News, any of the aforementioned crossovers built between August 18 and September 24 have a manufacturing defect within the wiper motor that can cause it to overheat. That could cause the motor’s cover to melt, smoke, or catch fire in some extreme cases. In total, 31,865 crossovers will need repairs, but only about 6,400 of those have made it into customers’ hands. The rest are lying fallow in dealerships’ stocks, waiting for the recall before heading to their new homes with families everywhere.
2015 has been a bit kinder to vehicle recalls than 2014 was. Last year, more recalls were announced by June than had previously been announced in a single year, ever. Massive General Motors recalls were largely to blame, although the (still ongoing) Takata recalls contributed their fair share to 2014’s runaway total recall number. At 74.2 million, 2014’s number of recalled vehicles more than doubled the previous record of 30.8 million, set in 2004.
However, with the list of Takata airbag recalls growing every day, expect at least 50 million vehicles to be recalled in 2015. According to Detroit News, automotive recalls are the new normal, thanks to more aggressive safety investigation and pressure to rectify issues.