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US agency probes 1.7 million GM SUVs for windshield wiper failures

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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether General Motors should recall an additional 1.7 million sport utility vehicles due to windshield wiper failures.
2013 GMC Terrain Denali
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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday it is investigating whether General Motors, the largest U.S. automaker, should recall an additional 1.7 million sport utility vehicles due to windshield wiper failures.

GM recalled 367,000 2013 GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox SUVs in the United States in August 2016 to address the problem, but the agency said it is probing whether the recall should be expanded to include an additional 1.7 million vehicles from the 2010-2016 model years after receiving 249 complaints about similar problems.

The automaker said it is cooperating with the NHTSA review. GM said it recalled the 2013 GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox SUVs "because warranty data showed a higher-than-expected failure rate" and said it has continued to monitor field data on other model years of those vehicles.

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Key Points
  • Demand has been surging among regular buyers who are opting out of sedans and coupes and replacing their luxury vehicles with pickups and SUVs.
  • Officials with Detroit's Big Three suggest they are struggling to keep up with demand for their new pickups, especially the higher-priced offerings.
  • Drivers are increasingly shelling out $70,000 to $100,000 and more for tricked out pickups.