500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert

500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert – May 16, 2018

Sean Reyes500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert

Honda recalls vehicles with defective seat features

Torrance, Calif. – April 19, 2018 – American Honda Motor Company has recalled more than 5,800 vehicles potentially equipped with defective seat features, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models across two brands, including:
  • 2018 Acura MDX sport utility vehicles produced Jan. 10, 2018.
  • 2018 Honda Pilot sport utility vehicles produced between Jan. 2, 2018, and Jan. 20, 2018.
  • 2018 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks produced between Jan. 12, 2018, and Jan. 19, 2018.
The Japanese automaker is unsure exactly how many of the vehicles referenced in the action actually contain the defective parts.
The Defect
Affected vehicles vehicles driver and front passenger with improperly machined rivets connecting the seat slide rails to the seat feet. These fixtures could brake in the event of an accident, allowing the front driver and passenger seats to separate from the vehicle floor. The defective rivets not only pose a serious safety hazard to occupants but also violate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 207 and 210. The former requires vehicle manufacturers to install secure seating systems, while the latter mandates the use of fixed restraint assemblies.
Honda has not received reports connecting the defective rivet to any injuries. However, the connectors were involved in one accident.
Timeline of Events
A tier-one vendor contacted the car company Jan. 11, 2018, after learning of an accident during which the rivets holding the front seat side rails in place in a Honda vehicle failed. The automaker launched an internal investigation in response. Engineering personnel concluded this inquiry Feb. 6, 2018, finding that AKKO Fastener, the supplier responsible for producing the rivets used within Honda front seat assemblies, had improperly machined the connective fixtures. Specifically, AKKO had deployed out-of-specification production tools, used too much material and relied upon deficient quality controls. Honda then embarked on an administrative review to understand the breadth of the impact of the production error.
On Feb. 21, 2018, AKKO completed an internal investigation into the mismachined rivets, while Honda and its other suppliers launched new downstream inquires.
The automaker reviewed the matter in its entirety March 29, 2018, and determined that a voluntary safety recall was required. Honda notified dealers of the forthcoming action April 6, 2018.
The Solution
Honda has directed dealers to replace the driver seat frame assemblies in affected Acura MDX SUVs and swap out both the driver and passenger seat assemblies in recalled Honda Pilot SUVs and Ridgeline pickup trucks, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Dealership technicians are to make these repairs free of charge.
The automotive company intends to notify owners via first-class mail May 18, 2018. Those in need of more immediate assistance can reach out to Honda customer service personnel by calling (888) 234-2138. Callers should use the internal recall identification codes D0S and T0T. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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2018 Acura MDX and Honda Pilot, Ridgeline: Recall Alert

Cars.com – April 16, 2018

2018 Acura MDX and Honda Pilot, Ridgeline: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,800 model-year 2018 Acura MDX SUVs and Honda Pilot SUVs and Ridgeline pickup trucks

The Problem: The power driver seats in the Acuras, and the power driver and front passenger seats in the Hondas, may have been assembled with improperly manufactured rivets; in the event of a crash the rivets can break, causing the seats not to be secured to the floor and increasing the risk of injury…

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2017 Honda CR-V, Acura RDX: Recall Alert

Cars.com – May 15, 2017

2017 Honda CR-V, Acura RDX: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,400 model-year 2017 Honda CR-V and Acura RDX SUVs

The Problem: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certification labels were printed with ink that may be inadvertently wiped away with an alcohol solvent. If this happens, occupants may not be able to refer to the information, possibly resulting in the vehicle being overloaded and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the certification label for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda, which also manufactures Acura vehicles, told Cars.com it will begin notifying owners in early June. Owners can call Honda at 888-234-2138, NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more…

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NHTSA Identifies Higher-Risk Vehicles for Takata Inflators

Washington, D.C. — August 22, 2016 — As the Takata air bag recalls have developed, more information about risk factors has emerged. Previous announcements have emphasized the environmental factors that could affect these inflators and lead to a higher chance for rupture.

In a June 30 press release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed seven specific model-year ranges of Honda and Acura vehicles with Takata inflators that are more likely to rupture during a crash.

While these vehicles were already part of previous recalls, the statement said that 313,000 affected autos have not been repaired yet. High absolute humidity levels continue to be a significant risk factor, making the recall effort especially important in states like Florida and Texas.

The higher risk level could mean that inflators in the following vehicles have as much as a 50 percent chance of rupture, the source said. The affected Honda vehicles are the Civic and Accord from model years 2001 and 2002, the 2002 Cr-V and Odyssey models, and the 2003 Pilot. The other two ranges of vehicles are the 2002-2003 Acura TL and the 2003 Acura CL.

Dr. Mark Rosekind, administrator for the NHTSA, said, “The air bag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away.”

Honda will reportedly work harder to address these vehicles specifically, while the NHTSA continues its owner-awareness campaign.

Other totals from the NHTSA shows the repair rate as of June 17. According to this data, the Honda recalls have led to 48.3 percent of air bags repaired so far, the majority of which are passenger-side air bags. Of the 12 makes listed, Honda has the highest overall completion rate so far.

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