Toyota and General Motors have each issued recalls through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for potential problems with windshield wipers and defrosters, respectively, which could impact windshield visibility.
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013-14 Camry and Camry HV, model-year 2013 Avalon and Avalon HV and model-year 2014 Corolla vehicles.
Toyota reports that a short circuit could cause “inoperative windshield wipers, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of crash,” according to NHTSA documents.
Due to the possible short circuit, the impacted vehicles “fail to conform to the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 104, ‘Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems.’”
Toyota dealers will replace the wiper-switch assembly on the vehicles.
Approximately 9,795 Toyota vehicles are involved in the recall.
“In mid-August 2013, during routine manufacturing inspections of the subject vehicles at the vehicle assembly plants, Toyota found a number of vehicles in which the wiper function was inoperative,” writes Abbas Saadat, vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, in NHTSA documents. “The wiper-switch assembly supplier was notified and an investigation was begun.
“The supplier production process was investigated and replication testing was conducted to investigate the scope of the potential noncompliance,” he continues. “As a result of the investigation, it was determined on October 7, 2013 that some vehicles do not meet the requirements of FMVSS 104 S4.1.”
The wiper-switch assembly supplier was not identified in the documents.
GM is recalling certain model-year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 21, 2013 through November 5, 2013.
“The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) control in these vehicles may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working,” according to NHTSA documents. “Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 103 ‘Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems.”
“The inability to turn on the windshield defroster may decrease the driver’s visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash,” GM officials write in NHTSA documents.
GM dealers will update the electronic climate control module software.
According to the automaker, a GM North America product investigation engineer analyzed the potential issue after it occurred in another region on a similar vehicle.
“A compliance assessment was completed and it was determined that the vehicles may not meet all requirements of the regulation,” according to NHTSA documents.
Approximately 42,696 vehicles are involved in the recall.
The suppliers are Mobis North America of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH of Germany.
The ICS faceplate is manufactured in China as well as the ECC Silverbox, according to NHTSA documents.