Honda Recalls 2016 Vehicles for Tail Light Issues

Torrance, Calif. — Sept. 30, 2016 — Some Honda vehicles could fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards guideline 108 – “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Assoc. Equipment.” The original acknowledgement, dated for Aug. 10, stated that some 2016 Honda Civic vehicles may potentially come with faulty lights.

The manufacturer reported the issue Jul. 8, and it could affect 11,846 2-door vehicles. In these autos, the source said, circuit board damage could affect the lights and make vehicles harder to see. All of the included vehicles were produced between Feb. 23 and May 20.

According to the Part 573 Safety Recall Report, the first vehicles with these issues were discovered May 24 as part of a vehicle quality check. The discovery led to the June 30 decision to conduct a recall, after circuit boards were possibly damaged in transit.

No specific signs for determining if the problem was present were listed. The remedy requires dealers to inspect Honda tail light assemblies. The report also said that there were no injuries related to this defect as of June 23.

The affected component comes from supplier Automotive Lighting LLC, based in Auburn Hills, Mich. Owner notification was scheduled Aug. 8, almost a full month after dealer notification on July 9. The report said that owners would be notified by mail if they were subject to this recall.

An instruction document from the manufacturer goes into greater detail about the procedures needed to repair the vehicles. Both the right and left taillight assemblies may be necessary for the remedy, depending on the specific case. The procedure will have dealers remove the trunk rear side trim panels to install either one or both taillights.

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Honda Recall Looks for Wrong Airbags [Video]

Torrance, CA — May 16, 2016 —More than 11,600 Honda Accord Sedans are part of a new recall addressing airbag issues. According to a press release, these airbags do not meet U.S. standards and could put vehicle occupants in danger. Though the source didn’t say exactly which features aren’t compliant, it noted that customers should receive notifications starting this May.

Airbag modules in these vehicles were accidentally made to South American standards instead of those of the United States. There have been no reports of injury, though the manufacturer has received more than 30 warranty claims. The potentially faulty vehicles were produced between 2003 and 2007.

Once they receive the official notification, owners can work with dealers to replace the faulty modules.

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Possible Engine Damage Prompts Honda to Stop Civic Sales [Video]

Washington, DC — February 22, 2016 — In addition to a recall, Honda is halting sales to prevent possible engine damage. According to AutoBlog, the issue comes from faulty piston pin snap rings in assorted two-liter engines and will impact around 34,000 vehicles.

In addition, a factory spokesperson told the source that Civics with 1.5-liter engines will not be impacted by this action. Currently, the official website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that engine failure could occur because of these faulty parts.

While more details on this situation are still forthcoming, the manufacturer is already planning to contact owners some time in the middle of next month. This information comes from data posted on a Civic forum before the actual recall announcement has been made.

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Honda, Subaru Models Added to Takata Recall

Washington, DC — January 19, 2016 — Honda’s involvement in the Takata airbag inflator recalls has been notable, considering the related fatalities in Honda vehicles. Late last month, the manufacturer announced that it would recall 127,000 CR-V’s with 2003 and 2004 model years, as Car and Driver reports. That month also saw the manufacturer submit a recall amendment to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which named both 2WD and 4WD models as part of the action.

Throughout 2015, the NHTSA has posted updates to efforts related to passenger side front airbag Honda recalls. CR-V’s were included among the nine models mentioned in the first recall, originally noted this past June. The amendment states that owner notification is believed to be completed by January 29.

The NHTSA also noted progress in the existing Takata airbag recall efforts

On December 23, the agency also noted progress in the existing Takata airbag recall efforts. In addition to the Honda CR-V’s, the updates to the recall include Mazda 6 vehicles from between 2005 and 2008, and Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles from the same model year period. It also appointed law firm partner John Buretta as an assistant in monitoring Takata’s further activities as the recall process continues.

“The expansions are the result of Takata ballistic testing conducted over recent months,” the statement reads. “Consumers are urged to check their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for open recalls and to contact their local dealer to schedule repairs.”

This statement also referenced nine total fatalities connected to the defect worldwide, with the most recent in a 2001 vehicle operated in a humid region. Previous reports on the recall have noted how humidity and high heat can make inflators more likely to rupture.

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Honda Models at Highest Risk in Ongoing Takata Recall

Washington, DC — November 30, 2015 — Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it would impose a record fine on Takata after the massive recalls following concern over its potentially explosive airbag inflators. More recently, the organization has sought out possible applicants to work as a monitor as described in a Consent Order and Coordinated Remedy Order.

Though the recalls have affected 12 manufacturers, including Toyota, Ford and Nissan, the brand with the largest amount of models at high risk is Honda, which claims to have fixed 44 percent of its recalled vehicle population.

Honda vehicles have also been involved in the accidents the faulty inflators have caused. Most recently, a Utah woman named Randi Johnson sued the company for an explosion that damaged her vocal cords this September. This incident involved a 2003 Honda Civic: Honda reportedly has nine models at the highest levels of risk, dating back as far as model year 2001. There have been eight fatal accidents traced to these inflators so far.

Late last month, the New York Times reported on a different Honda recall centered on hundreds of thousands of Accords. Improper sensors in these vehicles could activate airbags if doors were slammed too hard: complaints surrounding this issue reportedly stretch as far back as last year.

After Honda, the manufacturer with the highest number of affected models is Fiat Chrysler, responsible for seven models at the highest level of risk. As CNBC notes, Priority One vehicle owner demand has to be met by March 31 of next year.

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Honda Fit Recall Addresses New Airbag Issue

Despite the concern over the Takata airbag recalls, some unrelated airbag issues are also plaguing the same manufacturers affected by Takata. Cars.com reports that thousands of cars are being recalled for a defect that may puncture airbags as they are being deployed, due to badly manufactured rear grab-handle brackets.

Though Honda discovered this problem earlier this year, it has conducted tests before two years ago and found no concern with the brackets.

Nearly 26,000 Honda Fit LX 2015 and 2016 models are subject to this action, and owners will be notified on December 4. While there have been no injuries reported, a puncture could lessen the safety impact of a side curtain airbag and make accidents more dangerous for passengers.

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Honda Fit recall in effect to address airbag issue [Video]

Despite the concern over the Takata airbag recalls, some unrelated airbag issues are also plaguing the same manufacturers affected by Takata. Cars.com reports that thousands of cars are being recalled for a defect that may puncture airbags as they are being deployed, due to badly manufactured rear grab-handle brackets.

Though Honda discovered this problem earlier this year, it has conducted tests before two years ago and found no concern with the brackets.

Nearly 26,000 Honda Fit LX 2015 and 2016 models are subject to this action, and owners will be notified on December 4. While there have been no injuries reported, a puncture could lessen the safety impact of a side curtain airbag and make accidents more dangerous for passengers.

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Honda Civic and Fit recall looks to fix CVT issues [Video]

Honda is recalling more than 140,000 vehicles because of drive pulley shaft stress problems, particularly with the continuously variable transmission, or CVT.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this issue could lead to a lack of control during steering. While this has led to 23 different warranty claims, there is no record of any injuries connected to CVT failure in these cars. The recall will target Honda Fit and Civic vehicles made in 2014.

The remedy for this defect is a software update. Dealers will adjust the previous CVT system to reduce stress within the vehicle’s structure. These Honda recalls were announced last month and is expected to officially launch on October 16.

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Honda addresses more than a million vehicles for new recall

Tokyo, Japan — June 18, 2015 — Honda is taking further action with the amount of vehicles it has already recalled over concerns related to rupturing airbag inflators. In an official press release posted earlier this week, the company noted that it will look at 1.39 million passenger-side airbag inflators in different Accord models from the years between 2003 and 2007, as well as Civics from 2001 to 2005.

Although this is not intended to affect the recall for front airbag inflators initiated at the end of last month, the manufacturer emphasized that it is “transitioning” vehicles from the existing recall into the new one. The source says that a total of 2.3 million front airbag inflators now need to be replaced, which the company is doing free of charge.

As this blog noted previously, Honda vehicles were recently linked to another user death from exploding airbag inflator shrapnel, this one the seventh overall. It took place in a Civic driven in Louisiana and have contributed to the growing amount of associated incidents between the massive Takata recall and the manufacturer.

In the statement, Honda mentions the circumstances that led to the new adjusted recall after its initial May 28 limited population recall.

“That announcement, which was based on the specific regional nature of the defect determination made by Takata, indicated that approximately 350,000 additional passenger front airbag inflators would be added to inflators included in an earlier regional action (14V-700),” the statement reads. “However, the NHTSA subsequently interpreted the Takata defect determination as requiring a national recall and directed Honda to conduct a national recall.”

Conducting an accurate recall takes effort on the part of the dealers as well as the manufacturers to perform proper actions and reach individuals.

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Brake problems lead to Honda recall

Tokyo, Japan — June 16, 2015 — According to a press release published from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 19,500 vehicles affected by a new recall related to a faulty Collision Mitigation Braking System in certain models of Acuras. The source says that dealers will fix the situation by updating the braking software in these autos to prevent a possible crash.

The specific issue that has sparked this recall concerns identification errors within the brake system. As the source said, the system could incorrectly apply the brakes at the wrong time while in motion and leave the car and its occupants vulnerable to a crash.

In the Safety Recall Report issued by the agency, the percentage of the car base estimated to have this defect is 100 percent. The five car models all from the model years 2014 and 2015, are the Acura MDX 2WD, MDX AWD, RLX Hybrid, and RLX lines. There has been no recall schedule listed as of yet.

This report traces the history of this action back to 2013, when Honda first heard of a incident related to this defect in Japan. More information on this glitch was determined in November 2014.

“The failure was determined to be a result of ‘short-distance combining processing’ of the programmed logic of the CMBS system and an ‘incorrectly recognized target’,” the report said. “The failure was generated by another vehicle accelerating in front of the subject vehicle, while simultaneously driving alongside an iron fence.” Since then, the safety recall was issued last month, and so far there have been no claims related to this concern.

Because of the long sequence of events that could lead to a recall, the speed and accuracy of the statement is critical and should be taken seriously with a high-performing recall system.

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