Honda Announces Three Safety-Related Recalls in One Week

by Michael Heygood

Honda CR-V: Fire Hazard in Door Switch

Honda Motor is recalling about 489,000 CR-V crossovers from the 2002 to 2006 model years because an electrical switch in the driver’s side door could melt and cause a fire. The recall includes 268,000 vehicles in the United States.

Honda said rain or other liquids could enter through a driver’s open window and damage the master power switch on the door, causing it to overheat and melt, possibly igniting.

No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the problem, but five fires have been reported — four in the United States and one in England, according to Honda.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said owners should park CR-Vs from those model years outside until the recall is performed to avoid any property damage from a fire. A fire could start even when the ignition is off and the CR-V is parked.

The company will begin contacting owners next month and will repair the vehicles free by installing a cover plate inside the switch to prevent liquid from entering

Civic and Pilot: Headlight Failure

Honda is also recalling 820,000 Civic compact and Pilot SUV’s from the 2002 through 2004 model years because the headlights could fail.

The recall affects Civics from the 2002 and 2003 model years and Pilots from 2004 and 2005.

The company says wires connecting a switch that controls the headlights and turn signals can overheat and melt, knocking out the low-beam headlights. No crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem.

Honda says it will notify owners and fix the wiring for free.

Accord: Hydraulic Hose Leak Fire Hazard

Honda is also recalling 600,000 Accord midsize cars because a faulty hydraulic hose for power steering could leak and cause a fire. The recall affects Accords with V-6 engines from the 2003 to 2007 model years.

The power steering hose in the cars may deteriorate prematurely due to high temperatures, resulting in cracks and leaks that could cause a loss of power steering assistance or smoke and possibly a fire. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue, but one engine fire has been reported.

Apparently, the updated power steering hose necessary for the affected Accords will not be available until early 2013. Owners will be notified by mail next year when the new hoses are ready for installation, but initial notification of the issue will begin later this month.

According to Honda, if owners feel their cars exhibit symptoms related to a power steering hose leak, they should go to a dealer for an interim repair.

Potential Problem with Odyssey and Pilot

In addition to these recalls, the traffic safety agency also announced last week that it was investigating complaints that Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUV’s could roll away after drivers removed the ignition key. That investigation involves vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years.

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by Michael Heygood

Michael Heygood is a licensed attorney and partner at HO&P who focuses on insurance and corporate litigation, and other civil arenas. Michael has been named multiple times to the Super Lawyers List.