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Washington — General Motors Co. is recalling 31,685 new full-size SUVs because the front windshield wiper motor may overheat and catch fire.

The Detroit automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it will recall 29,295 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia SUVs in the U.S. because the front windshield wiper motor may overheat when in use because of a manufacturing defect. About 2,400 are in Mexico and Canada.

Of the vehicles, about 6,400 are in customer hands. GM sent those owners recall notices by overnight letter and urged them not to use the front windshield wipers until they have been repaired.

GM said if owners can’t get to a dealership for the fix because of rainy weather, the automakers will arrange to pick up the vehicle for servicing.

“If repair parts are unavailable, GM will provide a rental car at no cost until parts become available,” GM said in a statement.

DShepardson@detroitnews.com

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