General Motors has announced the recall of 50,000 2011-2012 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia SUVs. The reason? A possible windshield wiper defect. The wiper arm may loosen or become inoperative due to snow or ice buildup on the windshield, causing reduced visibility, and possibly cause an accident.
There’s an interesting twist. The recall only involves vehicles 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. These 28 states represent the “cold-weather” states in the United States that would apparently be affected by snow-like conditions. Really? I’ve been in Virginia during the winter. Believe me, Virginia is a “cold weather” state that gets plenty of snow.
GM will, however, tighten the wiper arm nuts on vehicles on vehicles not registered in these states, if requested by the owner. Wow, that’s big of them.