When it comes to safety-related quality problems, 2011 wasn’t a good year for Honda, and 2012 isn’t getting off to any better of a start.
The Japanese maker, traditionally known for solid reliability, has announced it will recall 550,000 of its Pilot and CR-V crossover due to problems that could cause the low beam headlights to suddenly stop working. It’s the latest of a half-dozen safety-related service actions Honda has announced during the first three months of 2012 – and comes in the wake of Honda recalling more vehicles than any other auto manufacturer operating in the U.S. in 2011, a dubious distinction held by Toyota the previous two years.
Honda says the newest recall is the result of wiring problems and that they are limited to 2002 to 2004 model-year versions of the small CR-V, and to the 2003 model-year Pilot. Apparently, there is not enough slack in the wiring and, over time, routine vehicle jouncing can lead to a break in the wiring leading to the headlight switch.