Honda Motor announced on Thursday that it will be recalling 563,000 CR-V sport utility vehicles sold or registered in cold weather regions of the United States, citing road salt as the culprit behind potential frame corrosion and rear trailing arm detachment. The recall will affect 2007-2011 model year CR-V vehicles across 22 states and the District of Columbia, where road salt is commonly used during winter months.
Dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and, if necessary, install a support brace or repair the rear frame at no cost to the owners. Depending on the severity of the damage, Honda may also offer to repurchase recalled vehicles. The company has disclosed this information in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As of now, the recall repair is not yet ready for implementation. Honda has received 61 customer complaints from the U.S., but there have been no reported fatalities or injuries related to this recall. In 2019, Honda issued a similar recall for nearly 84,000 CR-V vehicles in Canada due to the same issue.
At that time, the company believed that the rate of rear frame rust in the United States would not impact the structural integrity of the vehicles throughout their useful life, as there were fewer unpaved roads and lower salt usage in the country. However, in 2020, Honda repurchased a U.S. vehicle after observing rear frame rust and subsequently launched an investigation into the issue.
This recall highlights the importance of addressing potential safety hazards in vehicles, as well as the ongoing challenges automakers face in ensuring the durability and reliability of their products in various environments. Honda is committed to the safety of its customers and will continue to work towards resolving this issue as quickly and efficiently as possible.