• Jan 13, 2010
Honda is recalling up to 7,600 Ridgeline pickups from the 2006 and 2007 model years over possible HVAC issues. According to Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a harness connector above the passenger-side footwell is susceptible to being kicked by exuberant passengers. The blows can cause the connector terminal to overheat, which in turn can cause all sorts of other issues, like a short-circuit and/or fire.

If you own one of these unibody pickups, your local Honda dealer will remedy the issue free of charge by inspecting the wiring, replacing it if necessary, and fitting a protective cover to deflect the possibility of future passenger kicks. More info on the recall in the notice after the jump.

[Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]

PRESS RELEASE

RECALL NOTICE

Vehicle Make / Model: HONDA / RIDGELINE
Model Year(s): 2006-2007
Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.)
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 23, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V001000
NHTSA Action Number: PE09008
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7600

Summary:
HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2007 RIDGELINE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 17, 2005, AND JUNE 7, 2006. A WIRING HARNESS CONNECTOR FOR THE HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) BLOWER MOTOR LOCATED UNDER THE PASSENGER'S SIDE OF THE INSTRUMENT PANEL MAY BE ACCESSIBLE TO KICKING BY THE FRONT SEAT PASSENGER'S FEET. IF THIS OCCURS, THE CONNECTOR TERMINAL MAY OVERHEAT, AND THIS MAY CAUSE THE WIRE INSULATION TO MELT OR THE WIRING CONNECTOR TO MELT.

Consequence:
SHOULD THE WIRING INSULATION MELTS AND THE EXPOSED WIRES CONTACT EACH OTHER IT WILL RESULT IN A SHORT CIRCUIT AND A FIRE COULD OCCUR.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND IF THE WIRING CONNECTOR IS DAMAGED IT WILL BE REPLACED AND ALL VEHICLES WILL HAVE THE PROTECTIVE COVER INSTALLED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.

Notes:
OWNERS 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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      • 5 Years Ago
      Another great reminder that no company is perfect. I can just see the "only made in Japan cars are reliable" crowd bashing the North American made Ridgeline. If Honda had to recall all Honda Civics regardless of where they were made, that would be a shocker.

      I agree with those who would have recalled the Ridgeline for defective styling. If Honda could do better in the styling department I think they would become the number one builder in the world in no time. Because Honda has a solid track record for making reliable cars, people are still buying them even if they are often ugly. It sometimes feels like Honda picked up former Pontiac and AMC designers. The ones who made things like that AMC AWD sedan and Pontiac Aztec.

      It is strange to see Ford and Hyundai going up in quality and Toyota and Honda making some errors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it is foreseeable that the passenger footwell in a vehicle may get knocked by, I don't know . . . a foot.

      Maybe Honda's interior isn't very durable or they chose a poor spot to locate things that can catch on fire . . .
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Stop kickin' the damn dash!"

      (punch to the head)
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is to trucks what a cute ute is to SUV's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh to bad , I thought it was being recalled because it is the ugliest ,pansy wannabe truck on the market . If you can't get a real truck get the fluffy ,weird looking dysfunctional pseudo-truck ,the fully ghey Ridgeline .
      Honda ,fire your stylist -they suck!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a Ridgeline. I haul a 4wheeler and other stuff with no problem and good gas milage. @Erik I have a girlfriend too. Guess its not the vehicle that makes me...you might want to reconsider some things.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hair dressers and interior decorators will be disappointed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's funny, cause a swift kick to the area below the dash on the passenger side used to be a solution to any issues with the ECU in my brother's old Chevy Corsica.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG get those recall pitch-forks out again!1!

      :rolleyes:


      (why is this even news worthy enough to post? Oh yeah, I forgot... it generated click-throughs)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The post all the recalls. They even posted one for that old GM v6 that mostly effected 5-12 year old cars last year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for the points - well taken. I don't know how the folks who manage this site decide what is posted, but I don't think it is a slam/or is slanted towards one country/one brand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chazz- I'm well aware. I've been coming here since early 2006, maybe earlier (my brain gets fuzzy going back that far.

        I love AB, just wish they would give some attention to the subframe issue. (I've sent it in a couple of times.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chazz

        You are missing the point that some of us are making. This recall - and too many of the ones posted here on AB - are ridiculously minor and are either posted solely to generate click-throughs on a slow news day, or to egg on the fanboys that have an axe to grind. Seriously, why would a recall that involves less than 10k cars and not even be a very dangerous one really be posted here, yet some other much more 'important' ones that involve a much larger number of cars are not?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Farris,

        Somehow - not sure how, but you are missing the point of the site. Autoblog presents the news, NOT ALL THE NEWS, but rather SOME of the news and is NOT the source of news. They have not obiligation to inform their visitors on recalls, safety issues... etc. BTW, I'm not associated with the site in anyway, this is just common sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      haha..They call that a truck? Unibody trucks are a abomination!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dunno, the early '60s Ford F-100 Unibody was kinda cool. Of course it was B-O-F, but with a unitized cab and bed.

        As for the Ridgeline - if you have to unload cargo to get to a spare tire under the floor, you're not driving a real pickup truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had no idea Honda still makes this car. Down here in Texas, you see exactly none of them on the roads. We drive us some real trucks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now for the better speculation... how was this determined and what sort of activity in the passenger seat caused it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was caused by a passenger kicking and screaming to be let out of the Ridgeline.
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