Torrance, CA – December 23, 2020 – Honda (NYSE: HMC) is recalling 210,000 vehicles in the so-called “salt belt” whose drive shafts – which transfers power to the wheels – may become corroded and break. This could cause the vehicle to stall or roll away when parked. The recall includes:
- 2013 – 2015 Acura ILX cars
- 2013 Acura ILX hybrids
- 2012 Honda Civic hybrids
- 2007 – 2008 Honda Fits
This recall is one of two Honda has issued for vehicles that were sold or registered in the 22 states that use salt to de-ice roads in the winter. Salt can be very corrosive to vehicles’ undersides.
The recalled vehicles’ drive shafts are supposed to have a protective coating, but due to a manufacturing error, the coating may not stick to the metal and could peel or chip off. Left unprotected, road salt can eat away at the drive shaft and cause it to break. As a result, the vehicle may stall or roll away when parked.
Other ‘salty’ recalls
Salt was also the culprit of a recent Ford recall of its 2013-2017 Explorer SUVs. In that case, the substance corroded the bottom of the vehicles and caused their toe links – which form part of the and ensure that the cars go in the right direction – to snap. In May of last year, Mazda also pulled close to 50,000 cars off the market to replace faulty parts that could result in a loss of power steering. The recall also came about because of corrosion caused by road salt.
Stalling, especially on the freeway, can increase the risk of a rear-end crash. Vehicles with a broken drive shaft could also roll away if parked on a slope without engaging the emergency brake.
As of November 24, 2020, 152 owners have sent Honda warranty claims relating to this issue. Honda has received 10 additional reports of drive shaft breakage, but none describe any accidents or injuries.
Repair parts are not yet available for all the recalled vehicles. Owners will have to wait until February 1 to find out more about how to get this defect fixed. When a repair does become available, it will be performed by a Honda dealer for free. Honda will reimburse owners who have already repaired corroded drive shafts.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 200,000 cars are included in this Honda recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool to check your car for open recalls.