2012 Hyundai Genesis, 2011-2013 Hyundai Equus recalled to fix wiper problem

March 8, 2016

Back in October, General Motors recalled nearly 30,000 SUVs to replace a faulty windshield wiper motor cover that could cause motors to overheat and catch fire. Now, the manufacturer of that cover, Valeo, is causing headaches for Hyundai, which is recalling more than 18,000 Genesis and Equus vehicles to replace their own wiper motor covers.

The good news is, in Hyundai's case, the problem with the wiper motor cover isn't likely to cause motors to overheat. The bad news is, the cover is still flawed, and could allow the windshield wipers on the Genesis and Equus to stop working. 

As is often the case in situations like these, the issue is corrosion. The seal on Valeo's motor cover can degrade over time, which means that the motor's circuit board may be exposed to moisture and corrode. Depending on the severity of that corrosion, the wipers may work intermittently, or they could cease working altogether.

The recall affects the following models and dates of manufacture:

  • 2012 Hyundai Genesis vehicles built between August 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012
  • 2011-2013 Hyundai Equus vehicles built between July 10, 2011 and June 12, 2012

The recall includes roughly 18,700 vehicles registered in the U.S.

Hyundai says that it will begin mailing recall notices by April 22, 2016. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Hyundai dealers, who will replace the wiper motor cover and seal at no charge.

If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're asked to contact Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151 and inquire about recall #140. You can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V117000.

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