WASHINGTON – General Motors is recalling approximately 29,295 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave SUVs because the windshield wiper motor may overheat when used, increasing the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
NHTSA said owners are advised not to use their front windshield wipers until the wiper cover has been replaced.
If weather conditions prevent operation of the vehicle without using the windshield wipers, GM will make arrangements to pick up the vehicle for servicing.
If repair parts are unavailable, GM will provide a rental car at no cost until parts become available, GM spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds.
The problem has been attributed to a manufacturing defect.
GM already has notified about 6,405 customers who have taken delivery of these vehicles and urged them to contact a GM dealer as soon as possible to arrange a service appointment.
Many of the affected vehicles are in dealer stock and will not be sold until repairs are made.
The affected SUVs were built from August 18, 2015 to September 24, 2015.
Chevrolet, GMC and Buick dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor cover assembly. The recall began on September 30. Owners can contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.
Edmunds says: It’s important that owners of these SUVs follow GM’s instructions and take the vehicle in for service immediately.