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There probably aren't many things that can ruin the experience of driving a McLaren MP4-12C, but as it turns out, the humid air of America's Southeastern states is one of those things. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall for 374 examples of the 2012-2014 model year MP4-12C due to a faulty wiper that could fail in muggy climates.

Moisture in the Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas air can cause the brushes in the windshield wiper motor to lock up, which would prevent the wiper from working. Needless to say, driving any car without windshield wipers – especially such a fast one during the rainy season of Florida – isn't an ideal situation. McLaren is inspecting the cars and replacing affected motors, and it is extending a lifetime warranty on the wiper motors of all MP4-12Cs not immediately affected. Scroll down for the official NHTSA recall notice.
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RECALL Subject : Windshield Wiper Motor may not Function
Report Receipt Date:
OCT 30, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V541000
Component(s): VISIBILITY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 376
Manufacturer: McLaren Automotive Incorporated

SUMMARY:
McLaren Automotive, Inc. (McLaren) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 MP4 12-C Spider and Coupe vehicles manufactured October 10, 2011, through October 23, 2013 and originally sold in, or currently registered in, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Due to a combination of high ambient temperatures and humidity, the wiper motor brushes may jam causing the wiper motor to stop working.

CONSEQUENCE:
Non-functioning wipers during inclement weather may be reduce the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
McLaren will notify will notify owners and dealers will replace the wiper motors, free of charge. Vehicles outside of the recall area will have a lifetime warranty on their wiper motors that fail for this issue. The recall is expected to begin in early December 2013. Owners may contact McLaren at 1-646-429-8916.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Supercars tend to get bent on occasion, and repairing/replacing the carbon fiber bodywork is difficult and expensive, particularly many years later (as they experienced with the F1 road car). As I understand it, McLaren designed the body of this car such that a replacement cf panel could be produced with relative ease and minimal expense (relatively). Or so I have heard.