Honda Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles for Corrosion, Software Issues

  • Honda is recalling 1.4 million vehicles, including a recall for 430,000 cars in 22 states that could experience breakage of the left or right front driveshafts due to salt corrosion.
  • This problem could cause a rollaway vehicle even when it’s left in park without the parking brake activated, but Honda says there have been no accidents or injuries reported.
  • Honda is also recalling 737,000 Accord, Accord Hybrid, and Insight cars for a software update and 268,000 2002–2006 CR-Vs to replace faulty window switches.

    American Honda has announced recalls of 430,000 vehicles to check and potentially replace the left and/or right front driveshafts because of salt corrosion. The recall will include the 2007–2014 Honda Fit, the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid, the 2013–2015 Acura ILX, and the 2013–2015 Honda Accord (the 2013 Accord is pictured above). The Accord is under a separate recall from the other vehicles, Honda said.

    The automaker said the problem with the driveshafts is “a combination of potentially damaged or incorrectly cured protective coatings during driveshaft assembly and long-term exposure to road salt primarily used in the northeastern United States.” If a driveshaft were to break, it could cause the vehicle to lose motive power or to roll while in park if the parking brake is not in use. However, Honda said no accidents or injuries have been reported to date.

    States where the recalls will take place are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, plus the District of Columbia. Recall notices will go out in February, but owners may have to wait until parts are available, Honda said.

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    2020 Honda Insight.


    Accord, Accord Hybrid, Insight Recalled for Software Update

    Also announced today, Honda will recall 737,000 cars to update body control module (BCM) software. The problem is a “programming flaw” that could cause warning lights to light up unnecessarily and the rearview camera display, turn signals, and wipers to malfunction. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries. This recall includes 2018–2020 Accord and Accord Hybrid and 2019–2020 Honda Insight vehicles. Owners will be notified starting in January, and they are asked to take their vehicles in to dealers for a software update to address the problem.

    2002 honda cr v

    CR-V Recalled for Window Switch

    Separately, Honda is recalling 268,000 CR-Vs from model years 2002–2006 over a problem with the power window master switch. The automaker said rain or spilled liquids could seep into the switch in the driver’s door if the window is open, eventually making it possible for the switch to overheat, melt, and cause damage to the switch and an “associated wire harness.” There is also a risk of fire, Honda said. There have been 16 reports of related fires but no injuries. These switches were previously recalled in 2012, at which time they were repaired instead of replaced. The current recall begins in January, and this time Honda will replace switches in affected vehicles.

    For all recalls, owners can check the Honda or Acura recall sites or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalls website to find out if their vehicle is involved.

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