General Motors is recalling 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyons for faulty windshield wipers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains, “Some of these vehicles have the condition in which the windshield wiper motor crank arm nut may not be tightened to specification. When the wipers are operated with a build-up of snow or ice, or if the wipers are operated on a dry windshield, the nut could loosen. If there is sufficient loosening of the nut, the wipers could become inoperative.” The recall applies to 4,674 vehicles.
If a windshield wiper stops working during extreme weather conditions, visibility could decrease. As a result, the driver is more likely to get in an accident.
NHTSA has not stated if there are any accidents or injuries related to the defect.
The recall for the Colorado and Canyon is already underway. Owners may take their vehicle to a GM dealer to have the wipe motor crank arm nut replaced for free, and may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866-996-9463 or go to www.gmownercenter.com. NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and www.safercar.gov. The GM safety recall number is 11095.
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