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November 24, 2022

Ford expands recall for 450,000 more F-150 trucks

Ford Motor Co. expanded a recall from earlier this year adding about 450,000 F-150 trucks due to a malfunction in their windshield wiper motors.

The automobile manufacturer notified regulators of the issue with non-working wipers, expanding on an earlier recall that affected about 150,000 vehicles, the Detroit Free Press reported. The wiper motor may stop functioning because of a circuit board that is damaged by voltage spikes and "poor-quality wiper motor electrical terminals."

Ford issued the expanded recall alert for 2021 and 2022 F-150s. The recall affects vehicles built between Jan. 8, 2020, and March 22, 2021. Vehicles built at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan from May 3, 2021 to Sept. 10, 2021, are excluded from the recall because they were built with a different wiper motor.

"An inoperative wiper motor has the potential for reduced visibility or loss of visibility in certain conditions, increasing the risk of a crash," the notification to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
The NHTSA warns this is an urgent safety recall and people should not drive the vehicles. This is particularly pressing in the case of winter weather events such as sleet and snow.

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GM recalls 340,000 SUVs for daytime light defect

General Motors is recalling several 2021 makes and models of SUVs due to a software defect that keeps daytime running lights on even when headlights are in use.

About 340,000 large SUVs are part of the recall which includes: 2021 model year GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and 2021 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV. The issue with the daytime running lights staying on is it increases glare for oncoming vehicles, diminishing their visibility and increasing the risk of accidents.

The culprit of the recall is the vehicles' body control module, which is responsible for controlling the activation of electronic components, such as lights. This puts these vehicles out of compliance with traffic safety standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To fulfill the recall, consumers are asked to bring their vehicle to a GM dealer. There, it will undergo a software update that fixes the issue. Owners will be notified of the recall by mail starting Dec. 19. The software update is free.

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