• Sep 5, 2011
It has been a tough year for recalls at Honda. Just last month, the automaker recalled 1.51 million vehicles in the U.S. for an engine stall issue. In May Honda recalled another 833,000 vehicles for an airbag issue.

Now Honda is adding another 86,000 vehicles to the tally for a pair of issues. The Detroit News reports that the automaker is recalling 80,111 2006 CR-V vehicles to replace the power master switch. The recall comes after the U.S. government had five reports of driver door fires that resulted from faulty switches, and Honda says the issue occurs when the switch allows residue from interior cleaners to accumulate. The cleaners could eventually wear out electrical contacts, which would lead to a fire.

Honda also announced that 5,626 2011 CR-Z models with manual transmissions are being recalled to update electric motor controls software. Honda has received complaints of roll-away problems that occur when the battery is low on juice and the engine is stalled. When this happens, it's possible for the electric motor to rotate in the wrong direction, and when the brakes aren't engaged, the vehicle can roll backwards even when the transmission is in a forward gear. Sounds confusing - and dangerous. Honda will reportedly begin notifying owners of the affected vehicles sometime in September. Full details from Honda in the press blast below the fold.
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Statement by American Honda Regarding Two Recalls: 2006 Honda CR-V; 2011 Honda CR-Z with Manual Transmission

TORRANCE, Calif.

Honda will notify affected owners of two voluntary recalls in the U.S. in late September 2011.

Honda will voluntarily recall 80,111 CR-V vehicles from the 2006 model year in the U.S. to replace the power window master switch. The design of the power window master switch can allow residue from interior cleaners to accumulate, which can, over time with switch use, cause the electrical contacts to degrade and may lead to a fire in the switch. No injuries or deaths have been reported related to this condition.

Additionally, Honda will voluntarily recall 5,626 CR-Z vehicles from the 2011 model year in the U.S. that are equipped with manual transmissions to update the software that controls the hybrid electric motor. In the affected vehicles, when the gasoline engine has stalled with the IMA battery in a very low state of charge and the transmission in gear, it is possible for the electric motor to rotate in the direction opposite to that selected by the transmission. If this occurs and the driver has not engaged the brakes, the vehicle may slowly roll in an unexpected direction (e.g., backwards when the transmission is in a forward gear), potentially leading to a crash. A software update will add further controls to correct the problem. No injuries or deaths have been reported related to this condition.

Honda is announcing these recalls to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of a recall from Honda. Notification to customers will begin in late September, 2011.

When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers. To this end, in addition to contacting customers by mail, after late September, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.


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      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like after the Toyota shake up the Japanese are taking care of their problems. This reflects the true quality of the Japanese cars. I don`t believe for a minute that their quality has fallen overnite. I don`t believe Consumer Reports either. Looks like finally an even playing field. It`s nice that the rose colored glasses have been taken off.
        Dest
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Even their "true" quality is better than American ones. Compare the number of recalls for Honda vs GM last year. Honda had 10. GM had 16. Chrysler had 12 even. What's different is that, especially on this site, a lot more focus is being put on the recalls of certain automakers. Would you see the words: "It has been a tough year for recalls at Honda." on an article about a Ford recall on here? Look at the NHTSA reports for the past 6 months and let me know how many recalls Ford has issued vs Honda, and then look at the way the recalls have been reported on here.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dest
          I don't have figures for 2011, but for the year 2010 the recall hit parade for the the top 6 sales leaders is as follows (source - NY Times): • Toyota, 17 recalls, 6.7 million vehicles. • General Motors, 21 recalls, 4 million vehicles. • Honda, 15 recalls, 2.4 million vehicles. • Nissan, 16 recalls, 2.1 million vehicles. • Chrysler Group, 17 recalls, 1.6 million vehicles. • Ford Motor, 9 recalls, 581,107 vehicles. Ford is obviously doing better when you factor in the number of vehicles involved. Chrysler isn't doing too bad either. They sold more than Honda and Nissan but had significantly less vehicles recalled and almost the same number of recalls. Honda is having problems - they have a lot of recalls and a lot of total vehicles recalled in relation to their sales numbers. Nissan is right behind them. Toyota had the same number of recalls as Chrysler but over 4 times as many vehicles involved, leading in number of vehicles recalled. GM has the most recalls and the second most number of vehicles recalled.
          Dest
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dest
          The thing is the NUMBER of recalls has no relation to sales volume, which is the important part. And let's not forget that companies, such as Ford and GM, have manipulated the recalled vehicles count by recalling in batches over a number of years. And yes, Honda still had less recalls than GM and Chrysler in your numbers. Ford just finished a batch of huge recalls the year before so of course they'd have less last year. And Honda is not "having problems". They ALWAYS had a similar number of recalls. Look at the numbers for 2009, 2008, etc., but they've always been less in # than the Detroit 3 most of the time. And the only reason Toyota had the most recalled vehicles was because of the gov't sham over the sticky pedals and floor mats, which we now know EVERY automaker was guilty of. Take those millions of recalls out and Toyota would've done very well.
        Dest
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Oh and here's some examples of the relatively plain reporting style of Ford recalls: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/07/21/ford-recalling-over-26-000-trucks-over-taillamp-issues/ http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/14/ford-f-150-airbag-recall-balloons-by-1-2m-units/ http://www.autoblog.com/2011/03/03/ford-announces-two-recalls-more-than-30-000-vehicles-affected/ http://www.autoblog.com/2011/07/18/ford-recalls-five-hundred-mercury-montego-sedans-over-fuel-tank/ How many of those talk about the history of Ford vehicles being recalled in months prior? This article even begins by talking about the great sales of the Ford being recalled. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/02/07/2011-ford-explorer-faces-recall-for-seat-recline-mechanism/ Note the above article was written by the same guy that give you this article and as well as this one below: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/03/28/report-honda-issues-second-recall-for-2011-odyssey-minivan/ "The past couple weeks haven't been kind to the 2011 Honda Odyssey"
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dest
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        Smooth
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        whofan, The true quality of Japanese cars is that they were good cars. Were they perfect? No, nothing is. But the cars were good. To say they weren't is a very hard lie. And everyone has recalls, not just the Japanese.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smooth
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          Renaurd
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smooth
          It's naive to believe the Asian brand have been any better than automobiles from any other countries, we are just seeing the surface of their poor quality. They have been hiding, obfuscating and distorting the truth for years. Your quality will always look great, "if", you do all your repairs behind closed doors and keep the problems a secret.
          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smooth
          Exactly what I was getting at. Been a car fan and follower of autoblog for a long time. No the spotlight isn`t focused on Toyota and Honda. I never said they didn`t make good cars. If thay are a better car it`s by a thin margin. Nothings changed in years except perception.
        viperbono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        From what I see the rose colored glasses are still on the American public. Everyone thinks foreign cars are the cats meow! I hate UAW but I will still support America by buying American brands.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @viperbono
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      dylanscoutathjk
      • 3 Years Ago
      these companies are paying for cost cuttin.. and if these guys are having issues... omg.. the others must be a mess
      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      I owned this car and had this problem (engine stall) but Honda denied there being a problem. I also stopped buying hondas because of this.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John
        You are a moron if you don't set the parking brake and your car rolls backward and you blame the manufacturer.
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      People use to say Toyota and Honda were near perfect. Sometimes it takes a while, but the dirt does come out in the wash. I`d be more inclined to buy either, now that they are taking care of their problems.
      Kevin W
      • 3 Years Ago
      The CRZ recall should be to replace the engine with the K24.
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      Jahanzeb Sheikh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda details 2012 Insight refinements, MPG improvements ahead of Frankfurt Read more: http://www.cars.currentblips.com/2011/09/honda-details-2012-insight-refinements.html#ixzz1XdMvpihs
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