Honda Ridgelines Recalled Over Faulty Cameras
Some Honda pickup truck owners may want to get their vehicles inspected before hitting the road.
The Japanese auto manufacturer is recalling some 116,000 Ridgeline pickups, according to Consumer Reports. Honda recently told federal regulators that opening and closing the tailgates on the recalled vehicles may break a wiring harness and cause backup cameras to fail.
“The rear-view camera (RVC) tailgate wire harness may fatigue and break after repeated opening and closing of the tailgate,” the company said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “A broken wire harness may result in a failure to display the RVC image, which may affect the driver’s view and increase the risk of a back-up collision or injury.”
The recall covers certain 2017-2019 Ridgeline pickups, which were produced between October 2015 and June 2019. Honda said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the defect but also acknowledged it has received more than 3,400 warranty claims over the issue.
The company told NHTSA it plans to alert owners of recalled cars by Jan. 16. Honda will ask owners to bring their cars in for inspection and to have rearview camera tailgate wiring harnesses replaced.
Other Honda Safety Issues
The Ridgeline recall is just one of several examples in which Honda has been forced to call back cars because of serious defects in recent years. These recalls are often announced long after the malfunctioning vehicles have been sold.
Over the summer, for example, Honda announced that it was calling back some 110,000 older Ridgeline pickups. Corrosion can cause gas tank leaks, leading to engine fires, the company told NHTSA at the time.
The company is also the subject of a separate federal investigation into owner complaints about malfunctioning automatic braking systems. That probe involves roughly 1.7 million CR-V sport utility vehicles and Accord sedans.
How the California Lemon Law Works
Fortunately, Honda owners in California do not need to wait for a recall or a federal investigation in order to get defective vehicles fixed.
The state’s lemon law requires Honda and other car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also forces manufacturers to buy back (or replace, in some situations) cars that they cannot or will not fix.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that need to be made before the buyback or replace requirement kicks in. That is one reason why it is important to consult an experienced lemon law attorney.
Talk with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.