WASHINGTON, D.C. --- General Motors is recalling more than 59,000 MY 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles because of a problem with the windshield defrosting and defogging systems. 

The software in the center instrument panel can cause the heating, air conditioning, defrost and radio controls, along with the panel illumination, to become inoperative, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This condition can compromise driver visibility under certain driving conditions, posing a safety threat. 

Dealers will replace the computer module in the center instrument panel free of charge. The safety recall gets underway in January. 

Vehicle owners can reach Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438 and GMC at (866) 996-9463.