Honda Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles Over Defects
While 2020 was a challenging year on many fronts across the country and around the globe, one thing that remained constant is that the world’s largest auto manufacturers once again recalled millions of vehicles for serious defects that put people’s safety at risk.
Honda, for example, closed out the year by announcing that it is calling back some 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. The Japanese carmaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the cars have a variety of defects, including driveshaft problems, software bugs, and malfunctioning window switches.
About 430,000 recalled vehicles are at risk of driveshaft corrosion from exposure to salt, like that used to deice roads in winter months, the company said on its website. That includes certain 2012 Civic Hybrid models and 2007-2013 Fit vehicles sold in what Honda calls “salt belt” states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
“A corroded drive shaft could break under high torque conditions, rendering the vehicle unmovable,” Honda said. “The vehicle may also roll away when parked (gear selector in the "P" Park position) if the parking brake has not been set. Both conditions increase the risk of a crash or injury without prior warning.”
Honda says it expects the owners of recalled cars to be notified and provided with recall and repair information by mid-January.
Meanwhile, the company is also recalling another 737,000 Accord vehicles for a software glitch that could cause warning lights to illuminate unnecessarily and rearview camera displays, turn signals, and wipers to malfunction. The company said those malfunctions “can increase the risk of a crash.”
The recall covers certain 2018-2020 model year Accord Sedan, 2018-2020 model year Accord Hybrid and 2019-2020 model year Insight vehicles.
Finally, Honda is recalling some 268,000 CR-Vs from model years 2002–2006. The vehicles have defective power window switches, which can become inoperable, overheat and melt if rain or spilled liquids seep into the driver’s side door.
“If a switch melts, it could produce smoke and increase the risk of a fire,” the company said in a statement on its website.
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