According to reports from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), close to 1.7 million sports vehicles made by American carmaker General Motors (GM) was under the scanner. Earlier on Tuesday, the US transport authority revealed that it was probing issues with windshield wiper failures with these vehicles and will decide whether or not GM would have to recall them.
In August 2016, GM had to recall 367,800 2013 GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox SUV models in the US as a result of the same problem. However, since then the NHTSA has received close to 249 complaints spanning across five model years and, as a result, will have to decide whether the recall should be expanded to include an additional 1.7 million vehicles.
GM said that the 2013 GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox SUVs were recalled “because warranty data showed a higher-than-expected failure rate”. Since then, the company claims to have kept a close watch on field data on other model years of those vehicles.
The carmaker said that failure has not resulted in any crashes or injuries yet and it was co-operating with the NHTSA. “We will work with NHTSA on an updated review of the data for the vehicles covered by the query,” said a GM spokesperson.
The previous recalls related to the windshield wiper failures, said GM, were a result of a Brand Quality Manager at GM Canada reporting the potential safety issue through the company’s “Speak Up For Safety,” programme in 2015.
On investigating, the data pointed at significantly higher number incidents in parts of Canada, which is especially triggered due to heavy road salt use. This then resulted in the June 2016 recall of close to 141,407 2010-2017 GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox SUVs in Canada. But in the subsequent two months, the number of incidents in the US resulted in the recall of the 2013 model vehicles in the country.
During the 2016 recalls, the carmaker had said the front-wiper module of these models would be replaced with one that has the water deflector functionality. It also said that its dealers would fill the water management hole and drill a new small hole in a different location should the need arise.