General Motors LLC has issued a recall for certain sports utility vehicle (SUV) models due to a possible fire risk involving its windshield wiper motor cover. The affected vehicles were manufactured between August 18 and September 24. General Motors says that as much as 29,295 vehicles are affected by the recent recall.
The affected vehicles include the 2016 models of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. The issue was discovered during a water leak testing on a new vehicle at the GM assembly plant last September 17. During the course of the testing, a GM plant operator had noticed that there was smoke coming through the vehicle’s Air Inlet Panel in the area located above the front wiper motor. On September 21, a plant quality manager reported the issue via the GM’s Speak Up For Safety program. A safety investigation was then formally opened as a result.
During the course of the investigation, the GM investigator discovered that Valeo, GM’s supplier of the front windshield wiper module, had recently repaired the tool it uses to make the wiper motor cover. However, the defective tool was also used to manufacture production parts for GM prior to the repair. Testing had then confirmed that there is a possibility of the windshield wiper motors with defective motor covers can overheat and even catch fire. As a result, it was decided that a recall on all affected vehicles would be done.
GM says that owners of the affected vehicles have already been notified. A replacement of the windshield wiper motor cover assembly will be done free of charge.