Honda expanded two product recalls this week to resolve issues that affect as many as 1.4 million cars. One recall expands an earlier warning about headlights to include Honda Civics from model-years 2002 and 2003 and Honda Pilots from model-years 2004 and 2005. The second recall targets V-6 Accords from model-years 2003 to 2007.
The headlight defect involves a wiring component in the headlight switch that can cause low-beams to fail. A car that suddenly loses headlights while driving in the dark would be at enormous risk of a dangerous crash. Honda experienced the same problem with some of its CR-V SUVs earlier this year when it recalled 550,000 cars. The new recall applies to even more vehicles and could affect as many as 820,000 Civics.
Honda says that it is unaware of any crashes related to this problem and instructed owners to return the cars to a dealer for a quick inspection.
The second defect involves a power steering hose. The hoses can leak steering fluid into the engine, resulting in possible fires. This recall affects 572,000 Honda Accords. Despite the risk of fires, Honda will not actually repair this problem until early next year because it does not have enough replacement hoses yet. However, if a driver detects symptoms of the problem as described in a notice from Honda, they can take their cars to a dealer for a temporary solution until the new hoses are ready.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Honda recalls 820,000 Civic sedans and Pilot sport-utility vehicles," Jerry Hirsch, Oct. 4, 2012