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Honda Recalls 550,000 CUVs

Maker on track for another year at top of recall charts.

by on Mar.30, 2012

Honda is recalling 550,000 Pilot and CR-V crossovers.

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.


Honda Announces Fifth Recall of 2012

Faulty fuel tanks trigger latest service action.

by on Feb.23, 2012

The 2012 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX are covered by the maker's latest recall.

Honda has announced the recall of nearly 9,000 late-model crossover-utility vehicles due to potentially faulty fuel tanks that pose the risk of a spill or fire.

The action comes as the maker struggles to resolve quality-related issues that resulted in Honda recalling 3.8-million vehicles in 2011, more than any other automaker operating in the U.S. market.  (For more on that story, Click Here.) 

The maker says it will begin notifying customers next month to bring the covered vehicles in for inspection and, if necessary, free repairs.  The recall affects 8,700 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX models sold during the 2012 model-year.

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The number of vehicles impacted is relatively small – especially when compared to the 45,800 Odyssey minivans involved in another Honda service campaign this month and the 273,000 Honda and Acura products recalled last December due to potentially defective side airbags.  But industry analysts are wondering whether the ongoing series of problems could create an image issue for a brand long known for quality and reliability – just as Honda had hoped to recover from the production shortages caused by Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.