GM Recalls Approximately 9,000 Vehicles for Windshield Defrosting Issue

April 16, 2010

General Motors Corp. has issued a recall for approximately 9,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles for an issue with the vehicles’ windshield defroster/defogger systems, according to a report from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). The model years affected are 2009 and 2010 and both are in the Model Series “G.”

According to the company, some of the vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 103, “Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems.” The vehicles were built with heating, ventilation and air conditioning control knobs “that may fracture and spin on the control shaft,” which could interfere with the windshield’s ability to defrost, according to the NHTSA.

“If this condition affects the defrost system when it is required, it may decrease the driver's visibility, and could possibly result in a crash,” writes NHTSA.

Customer notification letters were set to go out this week, and GM has said that its dealers will replace the control knobs free of charge.

The company says it began reviewing the knobs in issue in January 2010, according to a letter from GM to NHTSA, and then decided to proceed with a noncompliance recall in early March. The majority of the vehicles affected are the Chevrolet Express, for a total of 8,057; approximately 1,080 GMC Savana vehicles are thought to be affected. All of the vehicles in question were manufactured May 26-June 10, 2009, and July 27-August 31, 2009.

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