By on November 6, 2018

Back in August 2016, General Motors recalled 367,808 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers for potentially faulty windshield wipers. At the time, certain 2013 models were identified as having linkages that could rust and separate, leaving drivers with a fistful of nothing when they hit the wiper stalk.

Like all good things – poutine, back bacon, and Donald Sutherland – attention towards the issue originated in Canada. Apparently, an employee reported the problem in December 2015 and, after recalling these crossovers in the Great White North, GM did the same for some American units, as well.

Now, the U.S. gubmint is investigating the possibility that GM didn’t recall enough Equinox and Terrains for this particular issue. At stake? Over 1.7 million units spanning seven model years.

According to various outlets, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 249 wiper failure complaints from owners whose vehicles weren’t included in the recall. While no crashes or injuries were reported – a very good thing – it wouldn’t take too much for things to go awry if a driver was left wiperless in a sudden downpour.

Specifically, the government is seeking to find out if a recall for this problem should be issued for Equinox and Terrain crossovers built from 2010 to 2016. The existing campaign, NHTSA number 16V582000, says the ball joints in the windshield wiper module may corrode and wear over time, possibly resulting in one or both of the windshield wipers becoming inoperative.

Some of the Equinox and Terrain machines from that generation are now nearly 10 years old, meaning more than a few of them have likely changed hands many times. Finding all the owners will be a challenge. According to government docs, a total of 268,668 of the 367,808 machines affected by the existing safety campaign have been repaired. That’s a rate of 73 percent, leaving about 100,000 units MIA. Over 4,000 have been classified as “unreachable.”

For its part, GM says it recalled the 2013 vehicles because warranty claims showed a higher than expected failure rate on the affected part. The company goes on to say it is monitoring other model years and will work with NHTSA on the probe.

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12 Comments on “Wipeout: Government Agency Investigating GM Windshield Wiper Recall...”

  • avatar

    Sitting here in New Mexico, wife has a 2016 model.

    Fortunately our supper low humidity it will take a looooooooonnnnnnggggg time for this to be a problem.

  • avatar

    Is TTAC going to do a story on the Honda CR-Vs with the 1.5T 4-bangers that are leaking gasoline into the oil?

    • 0 avatar

      APaGttH – probably not. Stories like that limit access to Honda vehicles, food/drink/trinkets, and trips to Hawaii.

    • 0 avatar

      I am waiting for the article about the Terrain/Equinox needing piston ring replacement/engine rebuilding. My neighbor had his 2014 rebuilt because of oil consumption, and a co worker had his 15 rebuilt because of excessive consumption. You should hear how embarrassing the engine sounds compared to a Toyota or Honda engine.

  • avatar

    Another month, another GM recall.

    GM. What a joke!

  • avatar

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    We have supplied everything from ignition switches to wheels and axles, to ignition system parts, and everything in between, for GM and GM-SAIC, both pre and post GM Bankruptcy.

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  • avatar

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  • avatar

    Ford owners would enthusiastically remove their wipers if they would just fix thier transmissions…

    It should not be overlooked that a manufacturer who forces thier customers to slosh through class action lawsuits to seek satisfaction has no place in this market…

  • avatar

    Thank you for the poutine

  • avatar

    Such an informative article. This article gives all the important info’s of GM windshield’s very helpful.Thanks for sharing. Keep posting this type of post.
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