Honda Announces Recall of 1.4 Million Vehicles
Honda has announced three separate recalls all at the same time. 430,000 vehicles have problems related to the driveshafts which can become corroded due to salt exposure. Honda has also announced the recall of 737,000 Honda Accords, Accord Hybrids, and Insights. The problem with those vehicles was a software issue. Additionally, Honda has announced the recall of 268,000 2002–2006 CR-Vs to replace faulty window switches.
The Driveshaft Problem
According to Honda, the driveshaft issue is a combination of improperly cured protective coatings during assembly. This can cause the vehicle’s driveshaft to corrode prematurely. Honda said that they will check the driveshafts at their dealerships and replace any parts that need to be replaced.
The recall includes:
- 2007–2014 Honda Fit,
- 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid,
- 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid,
- 2013–2015 Acura ILX,
- and 2013–2015 Honda Accord.
The problem is especially prevalent in the Northeastern part of the United States where salt is routinely used to de-ice the roads. Honda has reported that no accidents have yet occurred as a result of this defect but that a damaged driveshaft could cause a vehicle to lose while power while in motion or roll away from a parking spot if the emergency brake isn’t on.
Honda said that the problems with the 2013-2015 Honda Accord have their own separate recall. They told reporters that while the problem with the 2013-2015 Accords was the same, a potentially busted driveshaft, the corrosion issues are different. The Accords experienced chemical damage during the assembly process. The recall related to other vehicles was related to an improper heating process of the coating.
Software Glitches in the Accord and Accord Hybrid
Honda announced the recall of the 2018–2020 Accord and Accord Hybrid and the 2019 Insight related to a software issue in the body control module (BCM). The issue can cause warning lights to go on, initiate the rearview camera display, and cause turn signals and windshield wipers to malfunction. Honda reported that no accidents or injuries have occurred as a result of this issue.
Honda CR-V Recalled Due to Window Switch Problem
Honda is recalling 268,000 CR-Vs made from 2002 to 2006. Rain and other debris can seep into the mechanism when the window is slightly opened. This can cause the entire window system to short, preventing the driver from opening any of their windows. Honda also reported that there is a risk of fire caused by this defect. They said there have been 16 reports of fires related to this defect but no injuries. The switches were recalled in 2012, but they were repaired as opposed to replaced. Honda will ostensibly now replace the switches.
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