• Aug 19, 2008

All owners of 2008 Honda Elements are being asked to stop driving their cars until they have had them inspected at their local Honda dealer. According to a recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the front bushing bracket of the left trailing arm of the rear suspension may have been improperly welded. If it fails, it could separate from the trailing arm causing the suspension to release part of the wheel hub, thus leading to a loss of control or crash. Although only 241 Elements are potentially affected (there are specific VIN number ranges during certain production dates), Honda is notifying all owners immediately and will inspect and replace defective parts at no charge. Rather than taking a risk, err on the side of safety and call your Honda dealer if you've got the keys to a 2008 Element in your pocket.

UPDATE: According to Honda spokesman Chris Martin all the affected owners were already notified before this story was published. Approximately half of the affected vehicles were unsold and sitting on dealer lots. Those have already been repaired. If you haven't already heard from Honda than you should be fine.

[Source: NHTSA via Carscoop]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Rather than taking a risk, err on the side of safety and call your Honda dealer if you've got the keys to a 2008 Element in your pocket. call your nearest phsychiatrist to figure out why the hell you bought an Element in the first place.
      • 6 Years Ago
      honda may pay for a tow.

      they did for me when i had an immobilizer recall leave the car stuck at home.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damned Americ...Wait, it's a Honda...LOL
      • 6 Years Ago
      Autoblog you say ALL 2008 Elements are being recalled?

      Nowhere else is saying that at all, just that the EFFECTED 2008 Elements would be recalled and their owners would be contacted.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kill the Element and spend the money on the CR-Z. Simple.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Ford had this problem this would happen - Ford would still continue to sell them til their coffers were full of cash then many fatalities would happen and many injured so that they'd sue the company and find that they did know about the problem yet it was the supplier's defect and they couldn't do anything about at the time they discovered it. After each $100M lawsuits stuffed with punitive damages go on and appoint blame between to the supplier and Ford - it would have been far cheaper (in money paid out and respect from their customers and community) for Ford to rectify the cc devices that burn your house down or tires that blow out b/c they were under inflated to hide a handling problems on pickups that were quickly converted into the best selling SUV.

      No car company makes a perfect car that'll never have a defect. It's how these companies handle the severity of the defect is what is important. Ignore it and blame it on someone else or do what is right and get it fixed ASAP before more people get hurt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Recalls are not always bad. Had one for my 2005 Tundra for new ball joints and got a free alignment right after I put on new tires! I think the manner in which recalls are handled is very important. I can handle problems with any vehicle I own if the dealer and manufacturer do the right thing by me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @all,

      it's a simple recall notice, do you really have to start flame wars on everything you read on the Interwebz?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Literally if the suspension colapses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Honda Recall:
      - "Brilliant"
      - "An example of a caring car manufacturer"
      - "Applause for getting our ahead of a problem"

      A Domestic Recall:
      - "Yet another example of a dying industry"
      - "American quality at it's worst"
      - "It's no wonder...."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nobody died from this recall, unlike the Ford Explorer tire fiasco. I'm not placing the blame solely on Ford though, but it did take damn near forever for them to say anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      JB WELD FTW !
      • 6 Years Ago
      -Waits for all the domestic haters to make this sound like Honda is being noble and just looking out for their customers....... unlike those evil US companies who issue recalls because they deliberately let their customers die.-
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, cause those Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango issues were handled in an equally timely fashion.

        Nothing on this earth is perfect; Honda owners are just more likely to be surprised by this fact. ;-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        well, US companies are unionized, so they are basically asking for it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Matt: they can narrow it down so much because modern quality systems like ISO require them to keep a lot of records on what gets built. I'm sure it's a supplied part to Honda and they could probably trace it down to a specific shift of builds.

        Joshua: I assume you men the US auto companies are unionized, because not ever US company is. Not even every US automotive supplier is unionized. And asking for what? Its quite possible that the part that failed was made by a company with union workers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What I'd like to know is how they can ascertain that only this specific build 'lot' of vehicles is affected. Was the robot welder not working properly the day these were built? Is it a part obtained by a supplier that had a worker fired for falling asleep on the job? It's good that they caught it so soon, but I'd love to know how they caught it in the first place.

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