• Mar 18, 2011
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Honda is recalling 33,341 of its 2011 model year Odyssey minivans over a problem related to the windshield wipers. Owners in primarily warm-weather climates may never experience this, as the issue pertains to damage resulting from the wipers being frozen to the van's windshield.

According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

If the front windshield wiper blades become frozen to the windshield and the wiper motor is switched on, one of the front windshield wiper linkage rods may bend or separate from the motor due to insufficient stiffness of the rod.

As a result of the linkage roads bending or separating, the wipers may fail to operate, decreasing a driver's visibility in poor weather conditions.

The Odyssey recall is expected to begin in mid-April, where owners can have the wiper rods replaced at a dealership, free of charge. Follow the jump for NHTSA's official statement.



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[Source: NHTSA]
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Make: HONDA
Model: ODYSSEY
Model Year: 2011
Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.)
Mfr.'s Report Date: MAR 15, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V180000
Component: VISIBILITY : WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33,341

Summary:
HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 HONDA ODYSSEY VEHICLES. IF THE FRONT WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES BECOME FROZEN TO THE WINDSHIELD AND THE WIPER MOTOR IS SWITCHED ON, ONE OF THE FRONT WINDSHIELD WIPER LINKAGE RODS MAY BEND OR SEPARATE FROM THE MOTOR DUE TO INSUFFICIENT STIFFNESS OF THE ROD.

Consequence:
THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS MAY FAIL TO OPERATE, DECREASING THE DRIVER'S VISIBILITY IN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT WINDSHIELD WIPER ROD FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 14, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-999-1009.

Notes:
HONDA'S SAFETY RECALL NO. R72. 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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      • 3 Years Ago
      There are plenty of guys that hear that same complaint.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I hate when my rod gets bent.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ya gotta watch out for insufficient stiffness.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or, Honda saved a few pennies by making the wiper assembly thinner and it bit them in the ass.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda is such a thoughtful company! I wonder if they will ever recall cars for ugliness. This van looks like it was designed by Richard Gehry, with the drop down line in the third window and the bulbous rear end. It looks like it is not quite finished or had a piece of steel taken out of it or not fitted properly. Maybe it was bitten off by the Acura beak.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since they are selling the crap out of the new model, I doubt they would recall it for being ugly.

        That being said, it is a bit funky but looks a million times better in real life.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is kind of a ridiculous recall but I guess there is a safety issue there if you have to turn on the wipers in an emergency and nothing happens.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And here i thought it was going to be for the sides that are bent. Maybe next time!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny how so many imports are making recalls after the ongoing Toyota fiasco. Perhaps the imports have been covering up their problems to perpetuate their supposed quality advantage over domestics. One wonders if the auto press is innocently complicit in this false image by drinking the import cool-aid and bashing domestics because it's "hip".
      I buy only Chrysler products and have found each to be excellent and reliable choices. Yes I do sacrifice resale value, but I'm loyal to a domestic manufacturer and that makes me happy. Why send you money overseas?
      MoPar Willys advice, buy a 2011 Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country, you won't regret the decision.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Granted consumers need to use a little more common sense, but you aren't always going to be able to tell if it is frozen or not. Even though this is just showing up due to that issue, over time that linkage could fatigue more. This is still part of a car you should never have to worry about failing, extreme stupidty aside.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As some who had their wipers die, this is actually a pretty big deal. Driving in the rain on the 401 and *clunk*; no more wipers. Absolutely terrifying.

      Now, as for the issue it's kind of silly in that people should be checking if their wipers are frozen or stuck in some way. On the other hand, if the wipers can't move, they probably shouldn't break themselves trying.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...really people?

      Just lift up your blades beforehand, problem solved.
        • 3 Years Ago
        " linkage roads"? And are they going to fix that bent shoulder line too?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Some cars pull the wipers under the top of the hood making lifting them impossible.

        GM, I'm looking at you (Grand Prix for instance)
        • 3 Years Ago
        I was going to say the exact same thing. Any time I'm up skiing or where it's freezing, the wipers go up. And if I forget, I try to thaw them with the defrost on hot and pull them up be hand first. I guess common sense is too much for most people these days.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like how Honda has decided to do reparations after winter, we won't know if the replacement wipers are of different robust material or the same non-damage p.o.s. Honda has taken GM approach to dealing with problems by taking a poor engineered part which by the way was designed by company's American side. OEMs are also to be blamed lately for alot of the recalls that are happening in the automotive industry!
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