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Honda Adds 800k More Vehicles to Rollaway Recall

Maker’s recall count approaching 3 million for Q4 alone.

by on Dec.12, 2012

The 2004 Honda Pilot is one of three models impacted by the maker's latest safety recall.

American Honda plans to recall more than 800,000 minivans and crossover-utility vehicles to address a problem that could cause the vehicles to slip out of park and roll away.

The Japanese maker, traditionally known for its high quality, reliability and customer satisfaction has been slammed by an ongoing series of recalls in recent years and appears to be on track for the dubious distinction of having more vehicles involved in safety-related callbacks than any other manufacturer operating in the U.S. for the second year in a row.

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The issue involves the ignition interlock, a device intended to ensure that the key can only be removed when a vehicle is firmly shifted into Park.  But the mechanism in the vehicles covered by the recall could wear over time and allow the key to be removed when the transmission is in Neutral or some other gear, allowing the vehicle to roll away and a crash could occur — possibly leading to injuries or even fatalities.


Safety Investigators Probing Over 2 mil Honda, Ford Vehicles

NHTSA looking at ignition, engine problems.

by on Oct.05, 2012

NHTSA will consider a request to open a formal investigation targeting more than 1.5 million older Ford Escape SUVs.

Federal safety investigators are taking a closer look at reported safety problems that could eventually involve more than 2 million Ford and Honda vehicles – though it is far from certain the moves will result in eventual safety-related recalls.

A formal probe is now underway by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration targeting Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs because of concerns about defective ignition locks that could permit vehicles to roll away.

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NHTSA is, meanwhile, reviewing a request to open a formal investigation into reports that the last-generation Ford Escape suffers from a defect that could cause engine stalls or surges.

The issues could prove problematic for the two makers if they eventually lead to recalls.


Honda Headlight Recall Targets 820,000 Vehicles

Added to 550,000 Hondas recalled for same problem earlier in 2012.

by on Oct.04, 2012

Honda is recalling another 820,000 vehicles, including this 2002 Civic, for a problem with their headlights.

Honda is recalling 820,000 older Civic compacts and Pilot SUVs because of a wiring problem that can cause headlights to fail.

It’s the latest in a mounting series of safety-related problems for the maker which, in 2011, suffered more recalled vehicles than any other manufacturer on the U.S. market – and comes just days after Honda was forced to recall 625,000 Accord and Acura TL sedans because of a potential fire hazard.

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The latest recall also comes on top of the 550,000 CR-V and Pilot crossovers recalled earlier this year due to the same headlight issue.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wires connecting a switch controlling the headlamps and turn signals can inadvertently overheat and melt.  If that happens, the low-beam headlamps will stop working.


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.