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Honda Recalls Half A Million CR-V And Pilot Models

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On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Honda Recalls Half A Million CR-V And Pilot Models

Although a recall of cars that are no less than eight years old may not have ordinarily been newsworthy, the fact that most of the Honda CR-V and Pilots that were produced from 2002-2004 are still on the road makes Honda's latest recall of 554,428 models pretty significant.

It seems that due to a defect in the wiring harness, the terminal ends of the harness may melt which in turn could cause the low beams of these cars to stop working altogether. With such a large number of cars recalled, odds are if you are the owner of a CR-V produced from 2002-2004 or a Pilot produced in 2003, your car is more than likely susceptible to this defect. Honda has announced it will begin its recall about April 24th, but owners can contact Honda at 1-888-999-1009 to set up a free inspection of their car.

Read on for the full report ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Honda / CR-V2002-2004
Honda / Pilot2003
Manufacturer:Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Mfr's Report Date:Mar 29, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V136000
NHTSA Action Number:EA11012
Component:Exterior Lighting: Headlights: Switch
Potential Number of Units Affected:554,428


Honda is recalling certain model year 2002-2004 CR-V and model year 2003 Pilot vehicles. Due to tension from the combination switch wiring harness, wear on the surface of the electrical terminal can occur, yielding copper oxide, which increases electrical resistance. Increased electrical resistance may cause the terminal ends to melt within the wiring harness connector.


If this occurs, the low beam headlights may become inoperative, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.


Honda will notify owners, and dealers will repair the low beam terminal harness or replace the lighting switch as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about April 24, 2012. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.


Honda's recall campaign number is S34. Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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