​Honda SUV Recall Aims To Fix Faulty Wiring

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March 30, 2012

Honda has issued an automotive recall on about 554,000 sport utility vehicles in the United States to inspect and fix faulty wiring in headlights.

The automaker said in a statement that the recall affects Honda CR-V SUVs from model years 2002 to 2004 and Pilot SUVs from model year 2003. The Japanese company will inspect and replace parts of the headlight wiring system that could fail, causing the low-beam headlights not to work and increase the risk of crash.

No injuries or crashes have been reported relating to the issue, Honda said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the investigation last spring after receiving 12 complaints from owners who said both headlights stopped working simultaneously. Last September, the agency said it found enough reason for concern, including 34 complaints and additional information from Honda, that it upgraded the investigation to an engineering analysis.

In a news release Friday, the automaker acknowledged there was “a potential failure with the wiring of the headlight switch.”

The automaker said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem.

In a separate action, Honda told the agency it would also recall about 1,300 of its 2006 CR-Vs because a weld on the suspension could fail, resulting in a loss of steering. Honda said the weld attaches the subframe bushing collar to the passenger-side front lower arm.

Honda described its recalls as voluntary, but once an a manufacturer is aware of a safety problem, it must notify the agency within five business days of its plan for a recall.

Letters will be mailed to affected owners in late April, but consumers can see if their vehicles require repairs by calling Honda at 800-999-1009.