Two major auto manufacturers issued mass recalls this week.
GM prompted the more plentiful but less serious recall, which affects 367,000 Crossover utility vehicles in the U.S. GM states that the reason for the recall was faulty windshield wiper mechanisms. A defect in the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2013 GMC Terrain wiper assemblies can cause ball joints to rust and separate from their mounts. In heavy rains or obstructing conditions, such a malfunction could prove dangerous to owners.
A second, more serious but less-numerous recall affects 190,000 Mazda CX-7 crossover vehicles. CX-7 model years 2007-2012 have ball joints in their front suspension that can rust and corrode, causing catastrophic failure of joint arms. A similar problem caused a recall of CX-9 vehicles last year.
Both major recalls can affect a used car dealership’s liability and disclosure obligations to consumers, so dealers should keep an eye out for recall notices and VIN numbers identified as part of the recall.
Read the full stories here: http://blog.caranddriver.com/190000-mazda-cx-7-crossovers-recalled-for-possible-suspension-corrosion-failure/, http://blog.caranddriver.com/gm-recalls-367000-crossovers-for-potential-windshield-wiper-fault/