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Honda recalls model year 2014-2016 Odysseys

An issue with a seat walk-in release lever could increase the injury risk

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 254,568 model year 2014-2016 Honda Odysseys.

The second row outboard seats have a lever to fold the seatback and slide the seat forward to access the third row seats.

Due to a manufacturing error, if the walk-in release lever is used to fold a fully reclined left outboard seatback forward, the seatback may stay in the unlocked position (free-folding) or unexpectedly unlock without engaging the walk-in or recliner lever.

An unlocked second row left outboard seatback increases the risk of injury to the seat occupant during a crash.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will confirm proper operation of the second row left outboard seatback, and install a support bracket to the seat recliner.

If the seatback cannot lock, dealers will replace the seatback frame assembly. These repairs will be performed free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin April 30, 2018.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is X0R.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 254,568 model year 2014-2016 Honda Odysseys.The second row outboard seats have a lever to fold the seatback and s...

Model year 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles recalled

The vehicle can suffer reduced or a complete loss of, power

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 471 model year 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles.

The fuel cell control unit (FC-ECU) may misinterpret a small cell voltage drop, causing the vehicle to have reduced or a complete loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will install a software update, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin February 26, 2018.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is R0L.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 471 model year 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles.The fuel cell control unit (FC-ECU) may misinterpret a small cell...

Model year 2011-2017 Honda Odysseys recalled

The second row outboard seats can slide sideways

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 806,936 model year 2011-2017 Honda Odysseys.

The second row outboard seats can slide sideways to one of two positions.

If a seat is placed between either of the two positions when attaching the seat to the vehicle floor, the seat will not latch properly to the seat striker, allowing the seat to tip forward unexpectedly during braking.

A seat that tips forward during braking can increase the risk of injury.

What to do

The remedy for this recall is still under development.

Honda will notify owners of the safety risk in an interim notification and provide detailed instructions for installing/positioning the second row outer seats and confirming that they are securely latched. Once a final remedy is determined and the necessary parts are available, Honda will send a second letter to the owners to have them visit a dealer to have the condition remedied, free of charge.

The interim notification is expected to begin December 18, 2017.

Owners may contact American Honda Customer Support & Campaign Center at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is S0G.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 806,936 model year 2011-2017 Honda Odysseys.The second row outboard seats can slide sideways to one of two positi...

Model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-Vs recalled

The front airbag may not deploy as intended, increasing the risk of injury

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 629 model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-Vs that have had the passenger front airbag replaced.

The airbag inflator repair kit may have been assembled by the supplier with an incorrect wire harness.

If an inflator with an incorrect wire harness is installed, the airbag may not deploy as intended, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the passenger front airbag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 1, 2017.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is KF9.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 629 model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-Vs that have had the passenger front airbag replaced.The airbag inflator repair...

More than 1.1 million model year 2013-2016 Honda Accords recalled

Water may get into the battery management system causing an electrical short

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1,148,550 model year 2013-2016 Honda Accords.

The case for the battery sensor, part of the battery management system, may allow water to get in, potentially causing an electrical short and increasing the risk of a fire.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the sensor, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Dealers will perform an interim remedy of applying adhesive to the case to prevent water intrusion.

Interim notices are expected to be mailed on July 31, 2017. Owners will need to have the permanent remedy completed once they receive a second notice.

Owners may contact American Honda Customer Support Center at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is KG0.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1,148,550 model year 2013-2016 Honda Accords.The case for the battery sensor, part of the battery management syst...

Model year 2015-2016 Honda CR-Vs with replacement engines recalled

The replacement engine may have been built with the wrong pistons

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 16 model year 2015-2016 Honda CR-Vs that recently received a replacement engine.

The replacement engine may have been built with the wrong pistons, potentially affecting the engine's performance.

The reduced performance may result in an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engines and replace the incorrect components, as necessary, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin June 5, 2017. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is KF6.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 16 model year 2015-2016 Honda CR-Vs that recently received a replacement engine.The replacement engine may have b...

Model year 2017 Honda CR-Vs and Acura RDXs recalled

Information on the vehicle's certification label may have been wiped away

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling certain model year 2017 CR-Vs and Acura RDXs.

The certification labels on the vehicles were printed with ink that may be inadvertently wiped away with an alcohol solvent.

As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification."

If the label information can be wiped away, the operator may not be able to refer to the information, possibly resulting in the vehicle being overloaded, which can increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

Honda and Acura will notify owners, and dealers will replace the certification label, free of charge. The recall is planned to begin May 22, 2017.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are KF3 (CR-V)and KF4 (RDX)

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling certain model year 2017 CR-Vs and Acura RDXs.The certification labels on the vehicles were printed with ink that...

Model year 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD and AWD vehicles recalled

The vehicles' fuel tanks may leak

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 136 model year 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD and AWD vehicles with fuel tanks that may leak.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2017.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is KE8.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 136 model year 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD and AWD vehicles with fuel tanks that may leak.A fuel leak in the presence of...

Honda recalls model year 2017 Ridgeline AWDs

The rear wiring harness may corrode

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,179 model year 2017 Ridgeline AWDs manufactured April 1, 2016, to August 11, 2016.

Water may enter the rear wiring harness through the connector located under the truck bed drain hole, possibly causing the connection terminals to corrode.

Corrosion of the wiring harness can cause increased electrical resistance, unexpectedly activating the vehicle stability assist (VSA) system, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear wiring harness and related components, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 24, 2017.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is KD3.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,179 model year 2017 Ridgeline AWDs manufactured April 1, 2016, to August 11, 2016.Water may enter the rear wiri...

Honda recalls 2016 Civics to fix parking brake

The car could roll away if the brake is not properly engaged

American Honda is recalling about 350,000 Civic Coupes and Sedans from the 2016 model year to update software affecting Electric Parking Brake (EPB) functionality, free of charge.

No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue, which was discovered through warranty claims associated with the illumination of the brake warning light.

The software for the Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Control Unit may prevent application of the EPB when it is applied immediately after turning the vehicle ignition off. (This condition will not occur if the EPB is applied before turning off the vehicle ignition.)

If the EPB cannot be applied, the "BRAKE" warning indicator in the instrument panel will blink for 15 seconds to alert the driver. Additionally, if the EPB does not properly set and a parking gear is not selected by the driver, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer for repair as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in early November 2016.

Additionally, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair now by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

American Honda is recalling about 350,000 Civic Coupes and Sedans from the 2016 model year to update software affecting Electric Parking Brake (EPB) functi...

Honda recalls model year 2016 Civic 2-Door vehicles

The side marker light may not function

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 11,846 model year 2016 Civic 2-Door vehicles manufactured February 23, 2016, through May 20, 2016.

The affected vehicles may have a damaged LED side marker light circuit board inside the taillight assembly, making the marker light inoperable. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Assoc. Equipment."

If a side marker light does not function, vehicle visibility can be decreased to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect both the taillight assemblies, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2016.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is KB8.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 11,846 model year 2016 Civic 2-Door vehicles manufactured February 23, 2016, through May 20, 2016. The affect...

Honda recalls Acura MDX, Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot vehicles

The vehicles' fuel tanks were manufactured with insufficient welds

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 39 model year 2015 Acura MDX 2WD and MDX 4WD vehicles, 2016 Acura MDX 4WD vehicles, 2015-2016 Honda Odyssey vehicles and 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD and 4WD vehicles.

The vehicles have fuel tanks that were manufactured with insufficient welds which may separate and allow fuel to leak out.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tanks, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 8, 2016.

Owners may contact Honda/Acura customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are KA9 (Honda vehicles) and KB0 (Acura vehicles).

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 39 model year 2015 Acura MDX 2WD and MDX 4WD vehicles, 2016 Acura MDX 4WD vehicles, 2015-2016 Honda Odyssey vehicles ...

Honda recalls accessory rear trunk bases used to mount accessory trunks on Honda scooters

The locking hook of the accessory removable trunk may not engage fully

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1,533 accessory rear trunk bases, part numbers 08L71-K35-J00, 08L70-KZY-910, and 81200-KWN-780 used to mount accessory trunks on Honda PCX125 and PCX150 scooters.

The locking hook of the accessory removable trunk may not fully engage to the trunk mounting base, allowing the trunk to inadvertently detach.

If the trunk detaches during riding, it may become a road hazard and increase the risk of a crash.

What to do

Remedy parts are not currently available. Honda will send owners an interim notification to instruct them not to use the trunk or to visit a dealer for a temporary remedy. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will install a newly designed trunk base, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JY8.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1,533 accessory rear trunk bases, part numbers 08L71-K35-J00, 08L70-KZY-910, and 81200-KWN-780 used to mount accessor...

Honda recalls NSS300 and NSS300A scooters

Brake fluid may leak

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1,984 model year 2014 NSS300 and NSS300A scooters manufactured June 18, 2013, to September 12, 2013.

The rear brake line connection on the recalled vehicles may have been improperly tightened, allowing brake fluid to leak.

If the rear brake line leaks, there would be a reduction in rear brake pressure and therefore rear braking function, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the rear brake line connection to specification, and fill the rear brake fluid reservoir, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JY3.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1,984 model year 2014 NSS300 and NSS300A scooters manufactured June 18, 2013, to September 12, 2013. The rear...

Honda recalls 2016 Civics with 2.0L engines

The engine could seize, increasing the risk of a crash

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 42,129 model year 2016 Civics manufactured September 22, 2015, to February 3, 2016 and equipped with 2.0L engines.

The recalled vehicles have engines with piston assemblies that may have been manufactured without a piston wrist pin circlip or with an incorrectly installed piston wrist pin circlip.

If a circlip is missing or incorrectly installed, the piston wrist pin may not be secure and may drift and damage the engine cylinder causing the engine to seize, and increasing the risk of a crash or a fire.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the piston assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. Parts are expected to be available in the Summer of 2016. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 15, 2016, and will be mailed a second notice when parts are available.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JX9.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 42,129 model year 2016 Civics manufactured September 22, 2015, to February 3, 2016 and equipped with 2.0L engines....

Honda Fit vehicles with LX trim recalled

The rear grab handle brackets may puncture the side curtain air bags

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 25,367 model year 2015-2016 Fit vehicles with LX trim manufactured April 11, 2014, to July 02, 2015 and not equipped with a sunroof.

The rear grab handle brackets were not manufactured properly, and as a result, may puncture the side curtain air bags upon their deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 214, "Side Impact Protection" and number 226, "Ejection Mitigation".

If the side curtain air bags are punctured upon deployment, the outboard seat occupants may be at a higher risk of injury during a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear grab handle bracket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 4, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JV8.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 25,367 model year 2015-2016 Fit vehicles with LX trim manufactured April 11, 2014, to July 02, 2015 and not equipped ...

Honda recalls Pilot 2WD and 4WD vehicles

Safety system warning lights may malfunction

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 35,406 model year 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to September 8, 2015, and 2016 Pilot 4WD vehicles manufactured May 7, 2015 to September 4, 2015.

When one of the safety systems such as tire pressure monitoring, anti-lock braking or electronic stability control malfunctions, there is potential that the instrument panel will not illuminate the corresponding warning light. However the warning lamps will illuminate when the ignition is turned off and then turned back on.

As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic stability control systems", number 135, "Light vehicle brake systems" and number 138, "Tire pressure monitoring systems".

If a safety system cannot immediately warn the driver when needed, the driver may be at at increased risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 27, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JV7.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 35,406 model year 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to September 8, 2015, and 2016 Pilot 4WD ve...

Honda recalls Accord Hybrids

Electrical interference may cause the hybrid system to switch into fail-safe mode

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 6,786 model year 2014-2015 Honda Accord Hybrids manufactured August 29, 2013, to May 30, 2015.

Electrical interference may cause the hybrid system to switch into fail-safe mode, disabling the gasoline engine, limiting the vehicle's speed to 40 miles per hour and functioning only on battery power. Once the battery is discharged, the vehicle will stall increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the hybrid system software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JT7.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 6,786 model year 2014-2015 Honda Accord Hybrids manufactured August 29, 2013, to May 30, 2015. Electrical interfere...

Honda recalls Civics and Fits

A software glitch may cause damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 143,676 model year 2014-2015 Civic vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014, to November 6, 2014 and 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured March 12, 2014, to May 12, 2015.

The software settings that control the transmission operation may result in damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft. If the transmission drive pulley shaft is damaged, it may break, and the vehicle may lose acceleration or the front wheels may lock up while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the transmission, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 16, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JU2 (Civic) and JU3 (Fit).

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 143,676 model year 2014-2015 Civic vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014, to November 6, 2014 and 2015 Fit vehicles ...

Honda recalls model year 2015 Fit vehicles

The wires inside the Plug Top Ignition Coils may suffer damage

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 17,796 model year 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured December 6, 2013, to August 28, 2014.

The recalled vehicles may experience damage to the wires inside the Plug Top Ignition Coils (PTC) due to improper protection against electrical noise.

If the wires become damaged, the coil may overheat and cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PTC with new design, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 6, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda Automobile Customer Service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JT9.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 17,796 model year 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured December 6, 2013, to August 28, 2014. The recalled vehicles may e...

Honda HR-V vehicles recalled

The vehicles may be missing the required tire placard indicating "Tire and Loading Information."

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 11,511 model year 2016 HR-V vehicles manufactured January 12, 2015, to May 20, 2015.

The vehicles may be missing the required tire placard indicating "Tire and Loading Information." Thus, they fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 110, "Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less."

If the tire placard is missing the driver or owner may not know at what pressure to inflate the tires, resulting in over or under tire inflation, potentially increasing the risk of a tire failure and crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle, and apply a new label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 18, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JT2, or JT4.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 11,511 model year 2016 HR-V vehicles manufactured January 12, 2015, to May 20, 2015. The vehicles may be missing th...

Honda Pilots recalled

The third row seatbelt may be trapped between the rear seat and the rear sideliner

Honda is recalling 1,358 model year 2016 Pilots manufactured May 4, 2015, to June 5, 2015.

Due to an assembly issue, the third row seatbelt may be trapped between the rear seat and the rear sideliner. If the seatbelt is trapped, the occupants may not be restrained properly, increasing the risk of injury.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the rear third row seat belt, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 6, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JS7.

Honda is recalling 1,358 model year 2016 Pilots manufactured May 4, 2015, to June 5, 2015. Due to an assembly issue, the third row seatbelt may be trappe...

Acura MDX and MDX AWD vehicles recalled

The vehicle could lose its air conditioning compressor clutch

Honda is recalling 106,439 model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX and MDX AWD vehicles manufactured April 23,2013, to December 16, 2014.

The vehicles' air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolts may not have received the proper anti-corrosion coating. If a bolt was not coated, it may corrode and break, allowing the compressor clutch plate may separate from the vehicle, possibly becoming a road hazard.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolt and install a new clutch plate if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 31, 2015.

Owners may contact Acura client relations at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's number for this recall is JQ7.

Honda is recalling 106,439 model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX and MDX AWD vehicles manufactured April 23,2013, to December 16, 2014. The vehicles' air condit...

Acura recalls MDX and RLX vehicles

The Collision Mitigation Braking System could malfunction

Acura is recalling approximately 19,500 model-year 2014-2015 MDX and RLX vehicles equipped with the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) in the U.S.

The CMBS may incorrectly determine that there is the potential for a forward collision if a vehicle detected ahead is traveling near a metallic structure, such as a metal guard rail or fence. This could lead the CMBS to apply the vehicle brakes unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash with following traffic.

No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue in the U.S., but 1 crash was reported in Japan.

Owners should take the recalled vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall. Mailed notification to customers will begin in June.

Owners can determine if their vehicles require repair by calling (800) 382- 2238 and selecting option 4.

Acura is recalling approximately 19,500 model-year 2014-2015 MDX and RLX vehicles equipped with the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) in the U.S. ...

Honda recalls CBR1000S motorcycles

The motorcycles may have been built with an improperly manufactured rear shock absorber

Honda is recalling 504 model year 2014 Honda CBR1000S motorcycles manufactured December 9, 2013, to March 28, 2014, and 2015 Honda CBR1000S motorcycles manufactured October 20, 2014, to February 27, 2015.

The recalled motorcycles may have been built with an improperly manufactured rear shock absorber. The nut on the damper rod for these shock absorbers may loosen, resulting in a loss of damping and the possible disassembling of the shock.

If the damper rod nut loosens, shock absorber performance would be affected, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will remove the shock assembly and send it to the supplier's service center for repair. Once repaired, the supplier's service center will ship the shock assembly back to the dealer and the dealership will reinstall the shock on the motorcycle. This work will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda's number for this recall is JQ3.

Honda is recalling 504 model year 2014 Honda CBR1000S motorcycles manufactured December 9, 2013, to March 28, 2014, and 2015 Honda CBR1000S motorcycles man...

Honda recalls Accords, Civics and Pilots

Excessive internal pressure may cause the front air bag inflator to rupture

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 104,871 model year 2001 American Honda Motor Company is recalling 104,871 model year 2001 Accords, 2004 Civics and 2008 Pilots.

Upon deployment of the driver side front air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver side front air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side front air bag inflator in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 104,871 model year 2001 Accords, 2004 Civics and 2008 Pilots. Upon deployment of the driver side front air bag,...

Honda recalls Accord L4 and CR-V vehicles

The engine could lose power or leak oil

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 137 model year 2014 Accord L4 vehicles manufactured July 29, 2014, to July 31, 2014; 2015 Accord L4 vehicles manufactured August 14, 2014, to January 30, 2015; and 2015 CR-V vehicles manufactured September 9, 2014, to February 6, 2015.

The vehicles may have been assembled with improperly torqued connecting rod bolts, which can cause the engine to lose power or leak oil. Loss of engine power may result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash. If the engine leaks oil in the proximity of hot engine or exhaust components, there is a risk of fire.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine short block, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 27, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JP2 (for Accord models) and JP3 (for CR-V models).

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 137 model year 2014 Accord L4 vehicles manufactured July 29, 2014, to July 31, 2014; 2015 Accord L4 vehicles manufact...

Honda recalls Acura RLX vehicles

Output of the headlights may be diminished

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,751 model year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 22, 2012, to January 30, 2014; 2015 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured June 4, 2014, to November 18, 2014; and 2014 Acura RLX Hybrid vehicles manufactured November 5, 2013, to July 25, 2014.

An aluminum film applied to the inner reflector of the headlight may experience adhesion issues causing the film to delaminate, which could diminish output of the headlight, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both headlights, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 30, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JN2.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,751 model year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 22, 2012, to January 30, 2014; 2015 Acura RLX vehicles...

Honda recalls Crosstour vehicles

The inflator tube for the side curtain air bag may have been manufactured incorrectly

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 1,252 model year 2015 Crosstour 4 Cylinder vehicles manufactured October 1, 2014, to November 4, 2014; Crosstour V6 2WD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2014, to November 13, 2014; and Crosstour V6 4WD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2014, to November 18, 2014.

The inflator tube for the side curtain air bag may have been manufactured incorrectly. If the side curtain air bag does not inflate properly, it can affect the performance of the air bag in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left and/or right side curtain air bags, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 9, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JN0, JN1, and JN3.

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 1,252 model year 2015 Crosstour 4 Cylinder vehicles manufactured October 1, 2014, to November 4, 2014; Crossto...

Acura TLX vehicles recalled

The transmission may not be able to shift into the Park position

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,391 model year 2015 Acura TLX V6 2WD vehicles manufactured July 14, 2014, to November 12, 2014, and certain 2015 TLX V6 SH-AWD vehicles manufactured August 26, 2014, to November 10, 2014.

The automatic transmission parking pawl may become contaminated or the park rod may become dislodged or broken. This may prevent the transmission from shifting into the Park position.

If the shift indicator displays "Park" but the park lock does not engage, the vehicle may roll away increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmission if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 6, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JM8.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,391 model year 2015 Acura TLX V6 2WD vehicles manufactured July 14, 2014, to November 12, 2014, and certain 2015 TL...

Honda recalls Grom125 and Forza motorcycles

The fuel pump could fail

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 10,076 model year 2014 Grom125 motorcycles manufactured June 12, 2013, to September 24, 2014, and 2014 Forza-NSS300 and NSS300A motorcycles manufactured June 18, 2013, to May 21, 2014.

The resin bracket inside the fuel pump may swell, interfere with the impeller, and potentially lead to a fuel pump failure. This could cause the motorcycle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump with an updated fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began November 28, 2014.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JL1 NSS300 (Forza) and JL2 Grom (Grom125).

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 10,076 model year 2014 Grom125 motorcycles manufactured June 12, 2013, to September 24, 2014, and 2014 Forza-NSS300 a...

Acura MDX and RLX vehicles recalled

The driver and front passenger seat belt may not extend or retract in low temperatures

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 43,481 model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to August 25, 2014, and 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to November 25, 2013.

The driver and front passenger seat belt may not extend or retract in low temperatures, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

Honda has notified owners, and dealers will replace the driver and front passenger seat belts, free of charge. The recall began in November 2014.

Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-382-2238.

Honda's number for this recall is JK7 for the MKX, and JK8 for the RLX.

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 43,481 model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to August 25, 2014, and 2014 Acura RL...

Acura TLX AWD vehicles recalled

Tire failure may result from overloading

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 189 model year 2015 Acura TLX AWD vehicles manufactured August 26, 2014, to September 20, 2014.

The affected vehicles may have incorrect values for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) front and rear printed on the safety certification label. If the vehicle is loaded to the specifications listed on the label, tire failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected certification label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 21, 2014.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's number for this recall is JK6.

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 189 model year 2015 Acura TLX AWD vehicles manufactured August 26, 2014, to September 20, 2014. The affected ve...

Honda recalls Fit vehicles

The side curtain air bags may not function properly

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 6,292 model year 2015 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured April 11, 2014, to June 9, 2014.

The affected vehicles, which are equipped with side curtain air bags, may have been assembled with an A-pillar interior cover designed for vehicles without side curtain air bags.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the side curtain air bags, the incorrect A-pillar interior cover may adversely affect the performance of the side curtain air bags, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the A-pillar interior cover and install the correct A-pillar cover, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 25, 2014.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JF9.

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 6,292 model year 2015 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured April 11, 2014, to June 9, 2014. The affected vehicles, wh...

Honda recalls Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid vehicles

The headlamps do not meet federal standards

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 14,078 model year 2013 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured January 16, 2012, to March 1, 2013; ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured January 12, 2012, to February 7, 2013; certain model year 2014 ILX vehicles manufactured May 2, 2013, to May 31, 2014; and ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 18, 2013, to February 19, 2014.

Excessive heat temperatures around the headlight bulb and reflector unit may diminish the output of the headlight and cause smoke, melting, and fire. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

The diminished light output may decrease the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the excessive heat coming from around the bulb and reflector could cause the headlights to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headlights, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 28, 2014.

Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-862-2872. Honda's number for this recall is JE9.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 14,078 model year 2013 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured January 16, 2012, to March 1, 2013; ILX Hybrid vehicles manufa...

Honda recalls Fit vehicles

The passenger side driveshaft may break

American Honda Motor Co., is recalling 1,038 model year 2013 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured May 24, 2013, through July 5, 2013, and equipped with a manual transmission.

The passenger side driveshaft may break while driving due to an improper heat treatment application during manufacturing.

If the driveshaft fractures and separates while driving, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured driveshaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the passenger side driveshaft and replace it if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 15, 2014.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JE4.

American Honda Motor Co., is recalling 1,038 model year 2013 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured May 24, 2013, through July 5, 2013, and equipped with a manual...

Honda recalls Odysseys with airbag issues

The passenger-side side curtain air bag may fail to deploy

Honda is recalling 24,889 model year 2014 Odyssey vehicles manufactured October 2, 2013, through December 16, 2013.

The shorting terminal, an electrical connector used to prevent air bag deployment before being installed into a vehicle, may have been damaged during assembly of the passenger-side side curtain air bag. The damage could cause failure of the passenger-side side curtain to deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury in a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the damaged shorting pin with a new shorting coupler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early May 2014.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JE2.

Honda is recalling 24,889 model year 2014 Odyssey vehicles manufactured October 2, 2013, through December 16, 2013. The shorting terminal, an electrical ...

Honda recalls Civic LX vehicles

Tires on the vehicles may be damaged

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,816 model year 2014 Honda Civic LX vehicles manufactured November 26, 2013, through January 21, 2014.

In the affected vehicles, during mounting of the tires, the tire bead may have gotten pinched between the assembly equipment and the steel wheel rims, resulting in damage to the tire. The tire damage could cause the tire to lose air, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any damaged tire, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin on March 28, 2014.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JD8.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 9,816 model year 2014 Honda Civic LX vehicles manufactured November 26, 2013, through January 21, 2014. In the aff...

Honda recalls Acura RLX vehicles

The bolts attaching the rear lower control arms to the sub-frame of the vehicle may be loose

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 7,387 model year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured August 7, 2012, through November 5, 2013.

The bolts that attach the rear lower control arms to the sub-frame of the vehicle may have loosened during transport to dealerships. Loose rear lower control arm bolts may reduce steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear suspension lower control arm bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early January 2014.

Customers may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JD0.

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 7,387 model year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured August 7, 2012, through November 5, 2013. The bolts that ...

Acura MDX AWD vehicles recalled

The bolts that attach the drive shaft to the automatic transmission transfer assembly could loosen

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 19,197 model year 2014 Acura MDX AWD vehicles manufactured May 6, 2013, through October 14, 2013.

The bolts that attach the drive shaft to the automatic transmission transfer assembly may not have been properly tightened and could loosen, possibly allowing the shaft to detach. If the drive shaft detaches while the vehicle is being driven. it could cause excessive noise and possibly damage the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the drive shaft attaching bolts as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall number is JC8.

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 19,197 model year 2014 Acura MDX AWD vehicles manufactured May 6, 2013, through October 14, 2013. The bolts that at...

American Honda Motor Company recalls Odyssey vehicles

The Vehicle Safety Assist System may apply the brakes unexpectedly

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 344,187 model year 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey vehicles manufactured August 8, 2006, through September 8, 2008.

Due to a combination of system components and software, the Vehicle Safety Assist System (VSA) may apply the brakes unexpectedly. The vehicle may suddenly and unexpectedly brake hard, and without illuminating the brake lights, increasing the risk of a crash from behind.

Parts to remedy these vehicles will not be available until the spring of 2014. Honda will send owners an interim letter notifying them of the issue and instruct them how to prevent unintended braking. A second notification will be sent when the parts become available. Interim notification is expected to begin in early December 2013.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall number is JC5.

American Honda Motor Company is recalling 344,187 model year 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey vehicles manufactured August 8, 2006, through September 8, 2008. Due...

Honda recalls Odyssey and Acura MDX vehicles

The vehicles' airbags could fail

Honda is recalling 374,618 model year 2003 and 2004 Odyssey and model year 2003 Acura MDX vehicles.

Due to electrical noise, a component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front air bags, side curtain air bags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated. Inadvertent deployment of the air bags may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will install a noise suppressor unit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, October 28, 2013.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall numbers are JC2 (Honda Odyssey) and JC3 (Acura MDX).

Honda is recalling 374,618 model year 2003 and 2004 Odyssey and model year 2003 Acura MDX vehicles. Due to electrical noise, a component in the air bag c...

Honda recalls Pilots and Odysseys

Engine pistons may be susceptible to premature wear

Honda is recalling 270 model year 2013 Pilot 2WD and 4WD vehicles and model year 2013 Odyssey vehicles.

During manufacturing of the engine piston, it is possible that the heat treatment process was not properly applied, resulting in the piston having an insufficient hardness level, making it more susceptible to premature wear. A worn piston may suddenly fail, causing the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine short block free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 16, 2013.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall numbers are JB4 for the Odyssey and JB5 for the Pilot.

Honda is recalling 270 model year 2013 Pilot 2WD and 4WD vehicles and model year 2013 Odyssey vehicles. During manufacturing of the engine piston, it is ...

Honda recalls Fit Sport vehicles

A problem with electronic stability control system increases the risk of a crash

Honda is recalling 43,782 model year 2012-2013 Honda Fit Sport vehicles manufactured May 23, 2011, through March 22, 2013.

The electronic stability control system of the affected vehicles may allow excessive yaw rates at high steering angles with certain tires. Excessive yaw rates prevent the proper function of the electronic stability control (ESC) system, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners and dealers will update the ESC software free of charge. The safety recall will begin on May 17, 2013.

Owners may contact Honda automobile customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall campaign number is S99.

Honda is recalling 43,782 model year 2012-2013 Honda Fit Sport vehicles manufactured May 23, 2011, through March 22, 2013. The electronic stability contr...

Honda recalls CR-V, Odyssey and Acura vehicles

The brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism may malfunction, increasing a crash risk

Honda is recalling about 204,000 model year 2012-2013 CR-V, Odyssey, and model year 2013 Acura RDX vehicles.

During sub-freezing temperatures, the brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism may become slow and allow the gear selector to be moved from the Park position without pressing the brake pedal. If the gear selector is moved from the park position without pressing the brake pedal it can allow the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicle to a Honda or Acura dealer, who will install an updated brake shift interlock blocking mechanism free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 13, 2013.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's campaign recall numbers are S96, S97, and S98.

Honda is recalling about 204,000 model year 2012-2013 CR-V, Odyssey, and model year 2013 Acura RDX vehicles. During sub-freezing temperatures, the brake-...

Honda Gives 2013 Civic a Major Make-Over

Carmaker gives entry-level car some upscale touches

Workmanlike. That's a one-word description that has pretty much summed up the Honda Civic, and its direct competitor the Toyota Corolla, all these years.

Introduced in July 1972, the Civic has provided entry-level automotive transportation for millions of consumers, many of whom have driven their cars until the doors fell off. The car was prized mostly for its value and reliability.

Facelift

In 2013 Honda hopes to broaden the appeal. The carmaker this week provided the first look at the much-anticipated 2013 Honda Civic sedan, in advance of its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29.

The refined styling of the 2013 Civic Sedan, which goes on sale at Honda dealerships on November 29, manifests itself in a host of safety, feature, comfort, chassis and interior styling enhancements that Honda hopes will further define the top-selling Civic as the best car in the compact class.

At first glance the 2013 Civic looks more expensive that its forerunners. The front end includes a new open-mouth lower bumper with a horizontal chrome accent and a sportier, black honeycomb mesh grille, anchored by new integrated fog lights on upper trims.

New front-end

The grill is flanked by new clear-lens corner lights that add to the more premium look. The 2013 Civic's more sculpted front end features a more deeply faceted hood, complemented by a collection of sharp new wheel designs.

A new rear bumper design and new rear trunk lid are just the beginning of the changes to the rear of the car. The tail lights carry into the trunk face as designers try to suggest an upscale style.

"The 2013 Honda Civic exterior refinements infuse Civic with a more youthful, premium style.” said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. “Coupling these with additional changes beneath will ensure that Civic maintains its top-ranked status."

It remains to be seen if the “premium” enhancements also carry a premium price. Honda revealed no price information as part of is sneak peek. That will have to wait for Nov. 29. The starting price of the 2012 Honda Civic is just under $18,000.

Workmanlike. That's a one-word description that has pretty much summed up the Honda Civic, and its direct competitor the Toyota Corolla, all these years....

Honda Recalling CR-Vs

A power window switch could fail or melt

Honda is recalling 268,655 model year 2002-2006 CR-V passenger vehicles, manufactured from February 19, 2002, through July 28, 2006.

The driver-side power window switch may fail or melt. If the switch fails, it could overheat, smoke, and cause a fire. A switch failure and a fire could occur even if the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the recall repair has been performed.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the switches -- as necessary -- free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, November 2, 2012.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Honda is recalling 268,655 model year 2002-2006 CR-V passenger vehicles, manufactured from February 19, 2002, through July 28, 2006. The driver-side p ...

Honda Recalls Nearly 1 Million Cars

Power-window switches can overheat

Honda is recalling nearly 1 million cars to repair problems with power windows and computer equipment.

The recall, which includes 962,000 cars worldwide, follows the recall of more than 2.3 million Hondas last month to fix automatic transmission problems.

The latest recall includes Fit compacts, CR-V and City models in Japan, China, the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

The problem involves defective power-window switches. A Honda spokeswoman said there were nine reported cases of vehicles catching on fire in Japan and China because of the power-window problem. She also said two people reported light burns after touching overheated switches.

Honda is also recalling 26,000 CR-Z hybrid models in Japan, the U.S., Canada and other markets because of defective programming of electronic-control units.



Honda is recalling nearly 1 million cars to repair problems with power windows and computer equipment. The recall, which includes 962,000 cars worldwide, ...

Honda Recalls Accord, Civic, Element Models to Fix Ignition Interlock


Honda is recalling more than 384,000 Accord, Civic and Element models to fix a problem with the interlock lever of the ignition switch. The interlock can unexpectedly become inoperable, which could allow the key to be removed even though the car is not in park, possibly allowing it to roll away.

The recalled models are:

HONDA / ACCORD 2003
HONDA / CIVIC 2003
HONDA / ELEMENT 2003-2004

Dealers will remove the original interlock pin and lever and replace them with redesigned components when the recall begins in late September 2010.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or at www.safercar.gov.

Honda Recalls Accord, Civic, Element Models to Fix Ignition Interlock...

2001 Honda Accord, Civic Recall

July 20, 2009
Honda is recalling 2001 Civic and Accord models. The driver's airbag could produce excessive internal pressure, possibly causing the inflator to rupture. If this happens, metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material, possibly injuring vehicle occupants.

Dealers will replace the airbag inflator free of charge.

For more information, owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or at www.safercar.gov.

2001 Honda Accord, Civic Recall...

Honda Recalls 2001 Accord, Civic to Fix Air Bag Inflator

November 24, 2008
Honda is recalling about 4,000 model year 2001 Accord and Civic vehicles. The driver's air bag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure, possibly causing it to rupture upon deployment.

The rupture could permit metal fragments to pass through the air bag cushio material, possibly causing injury.

Dealers will replace the inflator free of charge when the recall begins in late December.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or at www.safercar.gov.

Honda Recalls 2001 Accord, Civic to Fix Air Bag Inflator...

Suit Charges Honda Conceals Fire Risk in CR-V, Element Models

"Double Gasket" Explanation for Oil Leak Fires a Red Herring?

In a class action suit against American Honda Motor Corporation, an Illinois man charges that a design defect in certain Honda CR-V and Element models makes them prone to fast-spreading engine fires.

The oil filter is dangerously close to the exhaust manifold on 2003, 2004 and 2005 model CR-Vs, the suit charges, and is mounted vertically, creating a situation where leaking oil can spray directly on the hot exhaust manifold.

The suit said the alleged defect also occurs in Element models equipped with the 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine.

The allegation is similar to an observation made by a ConsumerAffairs.com reader, Rob of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, who complained about the problem in 2004:

"I have worked as a general automotive technician in a nearby Honda dealership. Honda designs the engine with the oil filter in a very ungodly place: between the block and the firewall. They even have special 'shields' sent to the dealership, so that when an oil change is done, the technician can put that on the exhaust, because the filter is also located directly above the hottest part of the exhaust, and oil will get on the exhaust during an oil change."

"I used to cringe when I saw a new Honda SUV coming in for service because I did my job correctly, and made sure the filters were tight. But doing so means getting burns from the exhaust, which I still have scars from a year later. To fully understand its positioning, you really need to get a new honda SUV on the lift, and look at the beast from below. I don't know WHAT they were thinking when they designed it this way. It's like, here's the oil filter, now, lets make an SUV around it."

The plaintiff, Hal Pilger of Springfield, Ill., alleges that Honda has known of the supposed defect but has failed to issue a recall. Pilger's 2003 CR-V burst into flames while he was driving it, he said.

Honda has denied all of the allegations and says any fires that have occurred have been the result of improper installation of the oil filter.

The suit notes that, beginning with 2002 models, Honda modified its engine design to improve compliance with clean air standards. The changes resulted in significantly higher temperatures in the exhaust manifold and exhaust pipes, creating a situation where leaking oil is more likely to ignite.

Attorneys for Pilger said tests performed by consulting engineers found that the CR-V and Element's front exhaust pipe exceeded 800 degrees (F) during both city and highway driving tests.

This mirrors an observation made by a ConsumerAffairs.com reader, Matt of Columbus, Ohio, who wrote in October 2004 of a bizarre sight he had witnessed during his morning commute on a Columbus freeway.

"In morning daylight, 8:30 AM, 50 degree temperature in Columbus Ohio, I was astonished to see a Honda CRV travelling at 65 mph beside me on the freeway with its exhaust system glowing so brightly I first mistook it for an orange neon lighting system," Matt wrote.

"The first thing that came to mind was 'this poor guy's car is going to catch on fire,'" said Matt, who said he is an experienced mechanic and member of a Sports Car Club of America racing team.

Honda Blames Mechanics

While not denying that fires have plagued CR-V and Element owners, Honda has taken the position that the fires are not the result of a design defect but rather the fault of poor workmanship by the mechanics who perform oil changes on the vehicles.

Excerpts from internal American Honda reports submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) "contain numerous admissions ... and clearly establish that it is the defective engine and exhaust system design and configuration" that has caused the engine fires, the suit charges.

Officially, Honda has blamed the problem on a "double gasket" problem, often when a vehicle gets its very first oil change. In December 2004, Honda sent letters to vehicle owners saying that oil filter's rubber gasket tends to remain stuck in the engine block, which prevents the new filter from sealing properly. Oil then leaks out onto a hot manifold, potentially starting a fire, the company said.

NHTSA accepted the explanation, though somewhat reluctantly. Initialy, in July 2004, Honda blamed the fires on mechanics and issued revised instructions to dealers. But the fires continued. In September, there had been at least 44 fires and NHTSA re-opened its investigation.

Honda stuck with its story. Honda officials said that technicians were leaving the rubber gasket from the factory-installed oil filter on the engine block and placing the new filter on top of it.

"When that happens, the filter doesn't seal properly, allowing oil to leak out. After a few minutes of driving, the CR-V's manifold heats up and ignites the leaking oil," said a story published at the time.

Honda's Explanation Questioned

But Pilger's lawsuit casts doubt on Honda's explanation. It charges that the company's own internal investigation found that 68.4% of the oil leaks and fires did not "in any way" involve the so-called "double gasket" problem.

In addition, says the suit, Honda's attempt to cast blame onto auto mechanics doesn't wash.

"Millions of oil changes are performed every day throughout the country -- and an untold number of these oil changes are performed improperly and result in oil leaks," the suit says, but few of the leaks result in fires.

"That is, in large part, due to the engine and exhaust system design configurations used by automotive manufacturers," configurations that it says Honda ignored in the design of the CR-V and Element.

The suit asks the court to award damages to owners of vehicles that were damaged by fire and to launch a recall campaign to repair or replace the allegedly defective vehicles.

Suit Charges Honda Conceals Fire Risk in CR-V, Element Models...

Feds Upgrade Honda Ignition Probe

Possible safety defect in the ignition-transmission interlock

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is upgrading an investigation of a possible safety defect in the ignition-transmission interlock of more than 1.4 million Honda vehicles.

NHTSA says it has received hundreds of complaints and some injury reports that Honda vehicles' keys could be taken out of the ignition even when the transmission was not shifted into park.

Complaints to ConsumerAffairs.com have chronicled a variety of problems with the ignition switch:

  • Ruthy of Los Angeles said she had "almost been killed 5 times" when her ignition would suddenly cut off in traffic.
  • When Matthew of Tallahassee took his ignition key out, various warning lights remained on.
  • Therese said her CRV "car does not always register when it is in park" and it is imossible to remove the key.

Reuters reported that the agency has upgraded its preliminary investigation into 1.3 million Honda Accord sedans from model years 1998 to 2001, as well as about 62,000 Honda CR-V sport utility vehicles from 2002.

NHTSA said it has received 135 complaints from Accord owners and 34 complaints from CR-V owners about a failure of the ignition-park interlock, which is designed to keep vehicles from rolling away after being shut off.

The complaints include reports of 21 crashes and one injury from Accord buyers, and 7 crashes with 3 injuries from CR-V owners. NHTSA also said Honda had 112 warranty claims for the Accord and 29 CR-V warranty claims that were related to problems with the interlock.

NHTSA will now conduct an engineering analysis to determine exactly what caused the problems, and rule whether a recall is necessary.

Feds Upgrade Honda Ignition Probe...