Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling 16,330 Transit Connect vans because wiper arms may not be adequately riveted, resulting in incomplete or inconsistent clearing of the windshield and possible detachment of the wiper arm.
The recall covers vehicles built in the 2011-12 model years. The Dearborn automaker said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries as a result of the issue. Ford said if the wiper arm detaches, the windshield wiper will fail and the driver’s visibility may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash. Some owners have complained of poor wiper performance and noisy wipers.
Ford dealers will replace both the passenger and driver windshield wipers and blade assemblies. The vehicles were built at Ford’s Kocaeli plant in Turkey.
Ford began investigating the issue in February after seeing a high number of warranty claims. The automaker will begin notifying owners the week of August 19.