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

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

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Honda recalls vehicles with defective air bags

Torrance, Calif. – American Honda Motor Company has recalled almost 500 vehicles potentially equipped with defective air bags, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects numerous models across the Honda brand, including:
  • 2003-2012 Honda Accord sedans produced between Aug. 30, 2002, and Oct. 27, 2011.
  • 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour crossovers produced between Feb. 17, 2010, and April 16, 2010.
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic sedans produced between March 15, 2001, and March 14, 2011.
  • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V sport utility vehicles produced between April 24, 2002, and Oct. 5, 2011.
  • 2003-2004 Honda Element sport utility vehicles produced between June 27, 2003, and Aug. 25, 2004.
  • 2006-2008 Honda Element sport utility vehicles produced between Dec. 13, 2005, and Dec. 4, 2007.
  • 2011 Honda Element sport utility vehicles produced Oct. 22, 2010.
  • 2007 Honda Fit hatchbacks produced Jan. 23, 2007.
  • 2009-2013 Honda Fit hatchbacks produced between Aug. 27, 2008, and Aug. 7, 2013.
  • 2010-2012 Honda Insight hybrid hatchbacks produced between March 26, 2009, and April 18, 2012.
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey minivans produced between July 26, 2002, and June 25, 2004.
  • 2003-2012 Honda Pilot sport utility vehicles produced between July 11, 2002, and May 17, 2012.
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks produced May 17, 2012.
Honda is unsure how many of the recalled vehicles contain the defective parts.
The Defect
Affected vehicles feature front air bag inflator assemblies that may have been installed improperly. Consequently, these components might not function as required in an accident, leaving drivers and passengers exposed should a collision occur. However, the Japanese automaker has yet to receive field reports connecting the defective air bag inflators to any accidents or injuries.
Timeline of Events
Personnel from an American Honda dealership on Feb. 14, 2008, notified regional Honda officials of multiple incorrectly installed and fastened air bag inflators, according to an internal chronology document given to the NHTSA. This finding prompted the automaker to launch an investigation. On March 3, 2018, another U.S. dealership reported the same issue. Honda investigators added the suspected range of affected vehicles at the second dealership to its inquiry. Less than one week later, a third U.S.-based dealership reported finding vehicles with incorrectly installed air bag inflators. Again, Honda widened its investigation.
On March 9, officials for the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation met with Honda personnel to review the developing investigation. During this time, representatives walked NHTSA investigators through the original complaint, as well as the two supplemental inquiries that dealers had submitted since. Following this meeting, the regional stakeholders involved their counterparts in the national office.
On April 11 and April 19, national and regional Honda officials met with the ODI to determine how to address the air bag issue. Eventually, the parties agreed that a voluntary safety recall was necessary. Honda confirmed the VIN numbers for the affected vehicles April 21, and initiated an official recall April 25. The automaker notified dealerships of the impending action April 27.
The Solution
Honda has directed dealers to inspect and, if necessary, replace the defective air bag inflators in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. The car manufacturer intends to notify owners via first-class mail June 1. Individuals in possession of vehicles involved in the action who need assistance ahead of the recall start date can contact Honda customer service personnel by calling (888) 234-2138. Callers should use the internal campaign reference codes K1P and M10. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, Civic Type R: Recall Alert

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, Civic Type R: Recall Alert – May 15,2018

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 70 model-year 2017 Honda Civic hatchbacks and Civic Type R cars

The Problem: Driver- and front-passenger seatback pads sold as replacement service parts were made without slit openings for the seat-mounted side airbags. In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, the seatback pad could interfere and adversely affect airbag performance, increasing the risk of injury.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the front seatback pads… Read more on Cars.com

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Honda recalls vehicles with defective seatbacks

Torrance, Calif. – Honda American Motor Company has recalled dozens of vehicles potentially equipped with defective seatback assemblies, according to documents submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2017 Honda Civic hatchbacks produced between Aug. 2, 2016, and July 27, 2017, along with 2017 Honda Type R sport sedans manufactured April 7, 2017. The Japanese automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective features.
The Defect
Affected models are likely to feature driver and passenger seatback pads without openings for seat-mounted side-air bag assemblies. In the event of an accident, these components would interfere with air bag deployment, increasing the likelihood of occupant injury. However, Honda has yet to receive field reports connecting the defects to any injuries.
In addition to posing a safety hazard to occupants, these seatback components installed in the recalled vehicles violate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 214, which states that passengers must meet side-impact door crush resistance measurements, as well as moving deformable barrier and vehicle-to-pole testing standards.
Timeline of Events
A U.S.-based Honda dealer in November 2017 alerted the automaker to a replacement seatback pad from his inventory that seemed to be missing the slit needed to install and conceal a seat-mounted side air bag, according to an internal defect information report submitted to the NHTSA. This discovery prompted Honda to launch an investigation, which revealed the original schematics for seatback service replacements were incorrect, leading to the production of numerous defective parts. Between January and April 2018, the vehicle manufacturer tested vehicles with the “nonslitted” seatback assemblies to determine the impact of the defective components. These analyses revealed that the parts interfered with normal air bag operations, posing a serious safety hazard to occupants and violating FMVSS No. 214.
Honda quality assurance and safety personnel convened April 19, and decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall. The automaker notified dealers of the action April 27.
The Solution
Honda has directed dealers to replace the defective seatback pads installed in affected models free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The company intends to notify owners via first-class mail June 1. Those in need of more immediate assistance can contact Honda customer service by calling (888) 234-2138. Callers should use the internal recall reference codes E1D, U1B and X1C. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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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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Honda recalls Acura RLs, and Honda Elements & Ridgelines The vehicle’s airbag inflator could explode, causing injuries or deaths

Consumer Affairs – January 22, 2018

Honda recalls Acura RLs, and Honda Elements & Ridgelines The vehicle’s airbag inflator could explode, causing injuries or deaths

American Honda Motor is recalling 24,945 of the following vehicles:

Model year 2010-2012 Acura RLs, 2010 and Honda Elements & 2010-2013 Honda Ridgelines ever registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or “Zone A.”…

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Honda recalls nearly 700k vehicles with airbag inflator issue

Consumer Affairs – January 18, 2018

Honda recalls nearly 700k vehicles with airbag inflator issue

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling model year 2011-2013 Acura TSX, TSX Sportswagon, ZDX, Honda Accord, Accord Crosstour, Fit, Insight and Pilot vehicles; model year 2011 Honda Civic, Civic NGV, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles; and model year 2013 Honda FCX Clarity and Fit EV vehicles ever registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or “Zone A.”…

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Toyota and Honda recall 1 million vehicles as part of expanded Takata air bag recall

 Los Angeles Times- January 10, 2018

Toyota and Honda recall 1 million vehicles as part of expanded Takata air bag recall

About 601,300 Toyota and Lexus vehicles and 465,000 Honda and Acura vehicles are part of the expanded recall. NHTSA said over the weekend that this latest phase involves a total of 3.3 million vehicles.

The Toyota vehicles involved in this phase of the recall are:

Scion xB (2009, 2010 and 2013 model years)
Toyota Corolla (2009, 2010 and 2013)
Toyota Corolla Matrix (2009, 2010 and 2013)
Toyota Yaris (2009 and 2010)
Toyota 4Runner (2010 and 2013)
Toyota Sienna (2013)
Lexus IS250/350 (2009, 2010 and 2013)
Lexus IS250C/350C (2010 and 2013)
Lexus IS-F (2009, 2010 and 2013)
Lexus ES350 (2009 and 2010)
Lexus GX460 (2010 and 2013)

Toyota said all known owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail by early March.

The Honda vehicles involved in this phase of the recall are:

Acura RL (2009-2012 model years)
Acura TSX (2009-2013)
Acura TSX Wagon (2011-2013)
Acura ZDX (2010-2013)
Honda Accord (2009-2012)
Honda Crosstour (2010-2013)
Honda Civic (2009-2011)
Honda CR-V (2009-2011)
Honda Element (2009-2011)
Honda FCX Clarity (2013)
Honda Fit (2009-2013)
Honda Fit EV (2013)
Honda Insight (2010-2013)
Honda Pilot (2009-2013)
Honda Ridgeline (2009-2013)

Honda is also recalling about 960 Honda Goldwing motorcycles from model years 2009 through 2016 to replace optional airbag inflator modules. Honda said the motorcycles were originally slated to be recalled next year during the fourth phase of the NHTSA recall, but the automaker chose to move up the date because of the small number of vehicles and the availability of replacement parts…

Read the entire article on the Los Angeles Times website

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2017 Honda CR-V: Recall Alert

Cars.com – January 8, 2018

2017 Honda CR-V: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 8,100 model-year 2017 Honda CR-V SUVs

The Problem: A fuel supply pipe may have been improperly manufactured, which could result in the pipe disconnecting and leaking while the vehicle is in motion, causing the engine to stall and increasing the risk of a crash. Also, the disconnected pipe may leak fuel, which increases the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source.

This recall expands on a recall from July after Honda received reports of fuel leaks involving fuel feed pipes not originally identified as defective by its supplier.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the fuel supply pipe for free…

Read the entire article on the Cars.com website

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