Hondas Large and Small Affected in Two Recalls

Hondas Large and Small Affected in Two Recalls

Sean ReyesHondas Large and Small Affected in Two Recalls

Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall by More Than 1.4 Million Vehicles

Honda is adding 1.4 million cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks to its list of vehicles that should have their Takata airbags replaced. The list includes vehicles made by Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, according to the automaker.

The Takata recall covers 50 million airbag inflators in 37 million cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks from 19 manufacturers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The devices use ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag in the event of a crash. The ammonium nitrate can become unstable over time, leading to inflators that explode with an unexpectedly violent force…Read more on ConsumerReports.org

Sean ReyesHonda Expands Takata Airbag Recall by More Than 1.4 Million Vehicles

Honda Recalls Nearly 1000 Vehicles for Fuel Leak and Fire Risks

 

Lilburn, Georgia – September 28, 2018 – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Acura NSX vehicles due to a faulty coupler that increases the chance of fuel leaks and engine fire.

The recall population was determined based on manufacturing records. A total 949 units are potentially affected, within a sequential VIN range of 19UNC1B00HY000000 to 19UNC1B00HY000952. The VIN range reflects all possible vehicles that could potentially experience the problem.

All vehicles built from the start-up of production through March 5, 2018 are affected. Vehicles built after March 5, 2018 are equipped with fuel tanks produced by the supplier after the supplier adjusted its manufacturing process to improve production quality.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Report, due to an improper manufacturing process, the couplers for the crossover inlet pipe that connects the left and right fuel tanks were insufficiently welded. Over time, vibration and heat cycling can cause the couplers to separate from the fuel tank, resulting in fuel leakage. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
According to an Acura Service Bulletin, drivers or passengers may notice a strong fuel smell if a leak occurs. If this happens, drivers are urged to stop driving their vehicle immediately and contact their nearest Acura dealer for roadside assistance.

Timeline of Events

In December 2017 Honda received a claim of a fuel leak. The failed fuel tank was returned to the supplier. An investigation was launched to determine the root cause of the failure. Over the months of February and March 2018, Honda received three additional claims of a fuel leak, and in April 2018 the fuel tank supplier informed Honda that the weld specifications for melt depth and pressed-in amount could not be appropriately controlled and could be the source of the issue.

Further investigation was conducted to determine what was causing the variation in weld specification and how it was affecting the fuel tanks. In May 2018 the investigation confirmed that the heater which was being used to weld the coupler was set at a slight angle. This resulted in insufficient welding and thin welds to certain sections of the fuel tank.

In August 2018, the fuel tank supplier further informed Honda that the jigs used during fuel tank welding were found to be incapable of properly securing the fuel tanks during the welding process, adding more inconsistency and instability to the welds and resulting in additional welding variations. Honda continued their own investigation of the potential consequences of inappropriately welded fuel tanks and sought to determine the precise range of potentially affected vehicles.

In late August 2018, Honda officially determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists and decided to conduct a safety recall. Honda notified NHTSA of this decision and supplied the information needed. As of late August 2018, Honda has only received three warranty claims. There have been no field reports or reports of fires or injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

According to the manufacturers statement, Acura is announcing these recalls to encourage owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer for repair as soon as they receive notification from Acura. Due to the relatively small number of affected vehicles, where possible, Acura will attempt to contact owners by phone to schedule repairs. NSX owners can also determine if their vehicle requires repair by visiting www.recalls.acura.com or by calling Acura NSX Client Specialists at (844) 682-2872. Mailed notification to owners of any remaining unrepaired vehicles will occur in early-Nov. 2018.

Honda will notify dealers, and dealers will replace the left and right fuel tanks, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are U29, and Z28.The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-600. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Nearly 1000 Vehicles for Fuel Leak and Fire Risks

Honda Recalls 230,000 Cars to Fix Backup Camera

Honda is recalling 232,140 of its 2018 Accord sedans and 2019 Insight hybrid sedans because faulty software may cause the backup cameras to fail, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The automaker says that there have been no reports of crashes or injuries because of this problem. Honda also said it discovered the problem after owners complained, and the automaker said it worked with its supplier to track down the problem…Read more on ConsumerReports.org

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls 230,000 Cars to Fix Backup Camera

Honda Recalls Over 1,350,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

 

Lilburn, Georgia – September 26, 2018 – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling over 1,350,000 vehicles due to the passenger frontal air bag inflator being at risk for exploding. The massive recall is part of a previously planned phased recall.

Later phases have been moved up due to the risk being determined to be more severe than previously thought with a higher risk, and more supply of the faulty part being available than had at first been thought. This recall includes three ranges of vehicles.

The first range of vehicles being includes certain 2014 Honda Insight and Acura TSX and TSX Wagon, 2014-2015 Honda Crosstour and Pilot vehicles nationwide, as well as certain 2014 Honda FCX Clarity and Fit EV vehicles in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, California, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The second range of vehicles being recalled includes certain 2011-2013 Acura TSX, TSX Wagon and ZDX, Honda Crosstour, Insight, Fit and Pilot vehicles, 2011-2012 Honda Accord and 2011 Honda Civic NGV, Civic, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The third range of vehicles being recalled includes certain 2010-2013 Acura TSX and ZDX, Honda Crosstour, Fit, Insight and Pilot, 2011-2013 TSX Wagon, 2010-2012 Honda Accord and 2010-2011 Honda Civic NGV, Civic, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Report, all of these vehicles are equipped with certain air bag air bag inflators assembled as part of the frontal air bag modules. These modules are utilized as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash with airbag inflation, which necessitates replacement of the original air bags).

The specific defective modules may explode due to propellant degradation, which can occur after long-term exposure to higher absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling. In the case of an inflator rupture, the force of inflation may cause metal fragments to pass through the air bag and into the vehicle interior at high speed.

Contact with such high speed, flying pieces of metal, should the inflation occur and metal pieces be fragmented, may result in serious injury or death to vehicle driver and/or occupants.

Timeline of Events

In consideration of a sufficient supply of final remedy inflators, Honda consulted with the NHTSA about advancing the recall launch of Priority Group 10 vehicles, identified in an earlier investigation and recall of which this recall is a part. Honda determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists and decided to conduct a safety recall ahead of the fourth phase of the Takata DIRs scheduled for late 2018.

The Solution

The registered owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail by Honda. Honda will request all owners asked to take their vehicles to a Honda or Acura automobile dealer. The dealer will replace the passenger frontal airbag inflator with a new inflator, at no cost to the vehicle owner. The recall is expected to begin November 13, 2018.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are M2J and S2K. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-661.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Over 1,350,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

Honda Canada recalls Accords, Insights over camera glitch

Honda Canada recalls Accords, Insights over camera glitch

Honda Canada is recalling 14,521 vehicles because their rearview camera display doesn’t comply to Canadian safety standards.

Affected models include the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2019 Honda Insight.

Due to a software programming error, the rearview image may not display on the centre display screen of those vehicles while they are in the reverse gear, Transport Canada says on its website. Therefore, the affected vehicles do not comply with the requirements of Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 111 — Mirrors and Rear Visibility Systems…Read more on Canada.AutoNews.com

Sean ReyesHonda Canada recalls Accords, Insights over camera glitch

Honda Recalls 793 Acura NSX Vehicles for Brake Light Malfunction

 

Lilburn, Georgia – September 22, 2018: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017 Acura NSX vehicles due to a faulty mounting of the circuit board for the high mounted center brake light. The recall population was determined based on manufacturing records, and only 793 vehicles are potentially affected. All vehicles built from the start-up of production through July 31, 2017 are affected. The supplier provided updated HMSLs for vehicles built after July 31, 2017 to improve production quality, so no vehicles built after that date were affected.

The Defect

According to an Acura service bulletin, there is an internal issue with the circuit board in the high mount brake light (also referred to as the center high mount brake light). Normal road vibrations can cause the metal screws securing the printed circuit board for the high mounted center brake light to loosen and contact the circuitry. If this happens during illumination (when the brake pedal is depressed), the circuit board may short, causing the corresponding fuse to blow.

In such a situation, all the brake lights will stop working, which increases the risk of a collision. In the dash, several malfunction indicator lamps will turn on to indicate the brake light failure. Once the fuse is blown, the vehicle will be prevented from being restarted once it has been turned off. The 793 vehicles affected by this recall fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard regarding Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.

Timeline of Events

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Notice, in June 2017 Honda received the first claim of a no-start condition, and subsequently began an investigation with the HMSL’s supplier to determine the root cause. The supplier’s initial analysis suspected the failure to be short circuit related and identified a potential issue with contact between the metal screw and the PCB circuitry. They supplied an updated part for future builds.

In January 2018 Bully tests were performed on the PCB to determine the extent of coating wear from the metal screws. By September 2018 Honda completed the investigation. It was determined that FMVSS non-compliance existed, and Honda chose to conduct a safety recall. As of September 4, 2018 Honda has received only 19 warranty claims. There have been no field reports or reports of injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

According to a public statement from Acura, due to the relatively small number of affected vehicles, where possible, Acura will attempt to directly contact registered owners of affected vehicles by phone to schedule repairs, and in November any unreached registered owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and asked to take their vehicle to an NSX Authorized Acura dealer. The dealer will replace the center high mount brake light at no charge to owners.

The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2018. Owners of 2017 NSX vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair by contacting Acura Client Relations at 1-844-682-2872. Honda’s number for this recall is B2B. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov to enter their VIN number for this recall.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls 793 Acura NSX Vehicles for Brake Light Malfunction

Due for Two: Acura Recalls NSX in Separate Recalls

Due for Two: Acura Recalls NSX in Separate Recalls

Sean ReyesDue for Two: Acura Recalls NSX in Separate Recalls

Honda recalls more than 69,000 SUVs in China

 

Beijing, China – Aug. 12, 2018 – Due to a faulty engine issue, more than 69,090 Honda SUVs in China are being recalled, according to Reuters. This brings the total amount of recalls to roughly 96,000 this year from the Honda Motor Co. Ltd in China. There are further investigations into engine problems with Honda models outside the SUV range.

The Defect
Triggered by cold weather, the SUV engine is collecting an unusual amount of unused gasoline in the lubricant oil pan. This can cause false readings on check engine lights and odors detected in the passenger/driver areas of the vehicles.

Spokespeople from Honda Motor Co. Ltd stated that this defect does not affect the engine’s performance. No drivers have reported any accidents because of the faulty engine. The issue is calling for more investigations into other Honda vehicles for similar faults.

Honda manufactures these SUV models and other vehicles in a joint venture with the Dongfeng Motor Corporation in China. As of now, only vehicles in China are part of the recall. According to Car Sales Base, more than 655,000 Honda models in total have been sold in China so far this year, and more than 1.4 million in 2017.

Timeline of Events
Last Monday, Honda announced a recall of 69,090 UR-V Avancier SUVs, bringing the recent total to 96,000 SUVs. This concluded a series of recalls in China due to cold weather problems with the engines, including 130,000 RC-V SUVs and 294,000 Honda Civics earlier this year. Further comments have not been made by Honda representatives as of last Thursday for any more recalls or information.

The Solution
Although owners of the Honda SUVs recalled are not at risk or in danger, the automakers are recalling particular models for repair and replacement. Those affected by the recall are encouraged to find more details from China’s Defective Product Administration Center of State Administration of Market Regulation.

Sean ReyesHonda recalls more than 69,000 SUVs in China