General Motors has announced a recall of certain 2011 and 2012 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia models for wipers that may fail under heavy snow. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, snow or ice buildup may restrict the wiper movement, which may in turn lead to the wiper arm loosening from the vehicle. The ensuing reduced visibility could increase the risk of an accident. The recall only covers models currently registered in heavy snow states – about 50,000 units – including Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware and Idaho, among others. The full list may be found in the recall report after the jump.

GM is expected to begin notifying owners on Monday, April 16, and dealers will address the issue free of charge. In what sounds like one of the simpler and quicker recall fixes we can remember, dealer technicians will tighten the wiper arm nuts to prevent the wiper arms from becoming inoperable. Click past the jump for the full recall notice.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
BUICK / ENCLAVE 2011-2012
CHEVROLET / TRAVERSE 2011-2012
GMC / ACADIA 2011-2012

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC Mfr's Report Date: APR 05, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V151000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:LINKAGES

Potential Number of Units Affected: 50,001

Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE, BUICK ENCLAVE, AND GMC ACADIA VEHICLES CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN ALASKA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH DAKOTA, UTAH, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, WYOMING AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. SNOW OR ICE BUILDUP ON THE WINDSHIELD OR ON THE WIPER RESTRICTS THE MOVEMENT OF THE WIPER ARM, THE WIPER ARM MAY LOOSEN AND CAUSE THE WIPER TO BECOME INOPERATIVE.

Consequence:
IF THIS OCCURS, DRIVER VISIBILITY COULD BE REDUCED, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL TIGHTEN THE WIPER ARM NUTS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT APRIL 16, 2012.

Notes:
GM'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 12036. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      404 not found
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wipers aren't ice scrapers. :)
      icon149
      • 2 Years Ago
      this happened to me on an old blazer, back when i was in college, tightened the bolt and never had a problem with it again. annoying for sure but not the worst thing in the world.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Bryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      May buy a Buick Enclave. There is plenty of room in there for my ham equipment. That's ham radio or amateur radio. Makes a great antenna farm too, with 2 or 3 different antennas.
      Tim
      • 2 Years Ago
      Delaware is a is a "Heavy snow state"?
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tim
        Not usually. Although they have gotten their share of heavy snowfalls the past several years. Still odd that's a state they decided to point out though.
      joust mee
      • 2 Years Ago
      if you check a factory shop manual, there is a torque spec on every fastener including the oil drain plug . probably the only threaded part on the car is most likely the valve stem caps. At the same time I would bet that the majority of fasteners removed, loosened or replaced were never retorqued to the correct spec. Ive spent 30+ years working on cars and looking through a shop manual I see specs that I never knew about. FYI
      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only cars that are in states that get snow? Clearly they've never seen Florida plates on a car in Mass. GM, fix all of them, this is a ten minute fix.
      resad65
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM has the best cars in the world.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those are union wipers. If conditions are too harsh, they won't work.
      pbgardenpet
      • 2 Years Ago
      More junk from Government Motors.
      hcscape
      • 2 Years Ago
      Praise G.M., they notified there customers. As we all know some manufactures try to hide there mistakes. This jeopardizes there customers safety.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hcscape
        Cruze fires?
          mhdjl
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          Try the Japanese manufacturers claiming that Americans don't know how to drive the Jap cr*p cars. They have been pulling this for a very long time. I remember back in the late 70's, the government forced Chrysler to recall cars because of rust developing on fenders. The same thing was happening to Hondas at that time, but there was no recall and Honda said that Americans didn't know how to take care of their cars. Toyota pulled the same comments over their problems over the last couple of years.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hcscape
        Oh my god not THIS again. Read a book. Come back when you've learned something.
      Megabob
      • 2 Years Ago
      What else would you expect from "gubmint motors"? Bought a Ford F150 in 'o4. Best I have ever owned.
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