NHTSA investigating 1.7 million SUVs over faulty windshield wipers

The investigation could lead to an expansion of an earlier recall that included nearly 400,000 SUVs.

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NHTSA's investigation could lead to the recall of an additional 1.7 million Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers.


An already-big recall could soon get a whole lot bigger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it is investigating whether or not to recall an additional 1.7 million sport utility vehicles due to faulty windshield wipers.

In August 2016, GM recalled nearly 400,000 and SUVs due to wiper issues. On these affected vehicles, a ball joint in the wiper can corrode, leading to the failure of one or both of the wipers -- obviously, not a good thing.

According to Reuters, NHTSA could expand this recall to include the additional 1.7 million vehicles. "This action is based on 249 consumer reports received by the agency," NHTSA said in an email to Roadshow. While the original recall only affected vehicles from the 2013 model year, this expansion could affect Equinox and Terrain SUVs from 2010 to 2016.

General Motors is fully cooperating with the government agency's investigation.

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