Honda is recalling more than 564,000 CR-V models in cold weather states due to the risk of road salt causing frame rust and rear suspension parts becoming detached. The recall covers CR-Vs that were sold or registered in 22 states and Washington, D.C. between 2007 and 2011. US safety regulators have reported that salt accumulation can lead to corrosion, which may result in the rear trailing arm detaching, posing a risk of drivers losing control. Rear trailing arms are responsible for connecting the rear axle to the chassis.
Dealers will inspect the affected CR-V models and either install a support brace or repair the frame free of charge. In cases where the frame is severely damaged, Honda may offer to buy back the vehicle. Honda plans to send out owner notification letters starting May 8, 2023. This recall follows a similar action in Canada, with 61 customer complaints received in the US but no reported deaths or injuries.
The recalled CR-Vs are either sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. Honda urges owners to contact their local dealer and schedule an inspection to ensure the safety of their vehicle.
This recall highlights the importance of addressing vehicle safety concerns in a timely manner. It also serves as a reminder for car manufacturers to continuously monitor and evaluate the performance of their vehicles under various weather conditions, in order to minimize potential risks and maintain consumer trust.