Recalls happen more often than you may be aware of. Some of them are not very important in nature, and others are massive that put you and your entire family at risk of injury.
The largest auto recall in history got even bigger last month when nearly 6 million vehicles were added to the already enormous list of affected cars. Tap or click here for details on this historically massive recall.
Now there’s a new list of vehicles being recalled for safety reasons. Keep reading to find out if yours is on the list of recalled vehicles and what dangers are involved.
Is your vehicle on the list?
Almost half a million passenger cars and a million other vehicles in 22 states have been recalled due to various safety concerns. From corroding driveshafts to malfunctioning lights, if you drive one of the vehicles listed, you might be at serious risk.
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States where the recalls will be activated, are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota. The recall is also extended to Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
Cars being recalled include several Honda models. You can check if your vehicle is on the list by inputting your VIN on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website.
Safety concerns behind the recall
2002-2006 Honda CR-V
The reason for the CR-V recall is failing power window switches. It becomes especially dangerous when they get damp, as it can cause an electrical fire in the car. Since November, Honda has been aware of the issue and has already recorded 23 vehicle fires and 87 “reports of thermal events.”
If you own one of these models, you should take it to an authorized Honda dealership and have the wiring inspected by a trained technician. If there is an issue, the master power window switch will be replaced at no cost to you.
2018-2020 Honda Accord, Accord Hybrid, and 2019-2020 Insight
While not as serious as a potential fire risk, the three Honda models need to have a software update installed. The manufacturer has detected an issue with the current onboard software. This could lead to defroster malfunctions, an unresponsive rearview camera, exterior lights not switching on or inoperable windshield wipers.
No injuries have been reported from the BCM software glitch, but Honda estimates that as many as 713,233 cars are affected. If you have one of these models, take it to a Honda dealership to install the software update.
2013-2015 Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid, 2012 Civic Hybrid and 2007-2008 Fit
There is speculation that Honda didn’t correctly apply the anticorrosive coating on the driveshafts of these models being recalled. In states where road salts are used during the winter months, it can lead to the vehicle’s driveshaft corroding and failing.
Around 430,000 cars are affected by this defect and were primarily sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, DC, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Drivers are warned that a corroded driveshaft can cause the car to lose power, and if the parking brake isn’t engaged can cause the vehicles to roll.
2013-2015 Accord sedans
Related to the corroding driveshaft, Honda is recalling 220,000 vehicles as it found a certain lubricant on the driveshaft can remove the anticorrosive coating.