Ford has issued a recall for 16,300 Transit Connect vans, model years 2011 and 2012, because wiper arms may not be adequately riveted.
The Dearborn, Mich., automaker said because the arms may not be properly riveted, cleaning the windshield could be incomplete or inconsistent, and the wiper arm could possibly detach.
Ford said it wasn’t aware of any crashes or injuries because of the problem. If the wiper arm were to detach, the wiper will fail and the driver’s visibility may be reduced, which would increase the risk of a crash, the company said. 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 automaker said.
Ford also told the agency it did not intend to issue a news release about the recall, as it did last month when it instructed owners of the 2013 Escape equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine to cease driving the crossover because of a fire hazard, but added that it would “provide comments when requested.”
The Ford Transit Connect is assembled in Turkey.