In 2012, Honda recalled the second-largest number of cars in the United States. This marked the fifth straight year that Honda ranked first or second in recalls. Unfortunately for Honda, and for many consumers, 2013 has proven to be another difficult year for the auto manufacturer.
At the beginning of 2013, Honda recalled nearly 750,000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles due to an airbag defect. Honda discovered that the defect could result in the improper deployment of the driver’s side airbags in the event of a crash. An additional airbag problem resulted in the recall of over 404,000 Honda minivans and sport utility vehicles in 2013. Due to electrical interference, the airbags in many 2003 and 2004 Odysseys and Acura MDXs could deploy inadvertently.
In September of 2013, Honda recalled nearly 250,000 2007 and 2008 Odyssey minivans due to sudden and unprovoked braking. In addition, the vehicle’s brake lights do not activate when the sudden braking occurs. Honda reports that the braking problem is the result of a problem with the stability control system. In December 2013, Honda plans to release information on how Odyssey owners can calibrate the stability control system to prevent the sudden braking from occurring.
Earlier this year, Honda also recalled the 2005 Pilot, the 2005 Acura RL, and 2005 and 2006 Acura MDX for a similar braking issue. Honda reported that sudden braking could also occur in these vehicles due to damage to electrical capacitators. Another stability control system issue resulted in the recall of 92,000 Fit hatchback vehicles this year. The stability control problem caused the Fit to skid at a dangerous angle. Honda also recalled 700,000 Fit hatchbacks in June due to an issue with the power window switches. The manufacturer discovered that the window switches in the 2007 and 2008 Fit models could become damaged due to moisture, setting the vehicle on fire.