2013 Acura ILX - front three-quarter driving viewFord isn't the only one having recall trouble with its crossovers this week. Honda has just announced a voluntary recall for its 2012 CR-V, as well as the 2013 Acura ILX, to correct an issue with their front door latches. According to Honda, operating the front driver or passenger inner door handle and the door locks simultaneously could disengage the handle's release cable, which in turn may result in the door not latching when closed or popping open when the door locks are used.

No accidents or injuries have been reported, but the recall casts a wide net over vehicles sold in North America and elsewhere around the world. Honda says 166,000 CR-V models and 6,200 ILX models are affected in the U.S., but Automotive News reports those numbers swell to 321,453 affected vehicles when the rest of Honda's markets around the world are taken into account.

To fix the problem, Honda will begin notifying customers in August by mail to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer where both front door latches, as well as the interior door handles in some CR-Vs, will be replaced.
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Statement by American Honda Regarding Front Door Latch Recall: 2012 Honda CR-V and 2013 Acura ILX

07/18/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif.

American Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 166,000 model-year 2012 CR-V vehicles and approximately 6,200 model-year 2013 Acura ILX vehicles in the United States to replace both front door latches and, in some CR-V vehicles, the interior front door handles. Simultaneous operation of the driver's or passenger's inner door handle and either the manual or power door lock may result in the inner door handle release cable becoming partially disengaged. When this occurs the door may not latch when closed and/or the door may latch and close, but then open when the door locks are operated; either case may result in the affected door opening unexpectedly. No accidents or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in mid-August 2012. In mid-August, owners of these vehicles also will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.


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      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      B-b-b-but Honda is the most reliable brand, according to their latest commercials. Why, they don't need a 10-year warranty to be "rely-able".
        Smooth
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Being very reliable doesn't mean being perfect. No car is perfect. Luckily they are getting this early before it gets out of hand.
        dej
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        At least Honda doesn't have to pickup the CUVs by flatbed like Ford.
        sysadm1n
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Recalls have more to do with safety than reliability.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @sysadm1n
          Even then it has little to do with safety as often the problem impacts
      vaua70
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda always had problem and recalls but not all have been published...and tons of complains unbelievable
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda is slowly becoming like BMW.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
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          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          >implying anyone uses the rear middle seat That's funny.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this happened in the Chinese space program, astronauts would have died and the director shot.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        No, business would have continued on as usual, because China doesn't care about safety.
      NICE FOCKING CAR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better this than having it burn to the ground, I suppose.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is getting so pathetic, I think AB should add a "Recall Central" section on the site. Stick it over next to AB Green.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in other words, a situation that is probably very unlikely to happen is responsible for this recall? How'd they find this out?
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        You must not have been driving long if you haven't had an impatient passenger pull on the handle as you press the unlock button.
          taybrego31
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          It happens when the unlock button is pressed at the very same time BOTH door handles are pulled. He wasn't saying it never happens, just the combination of all three is "very unlikely."
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Been driving for 7 years. Its happened, but nothing like this.
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to think that Nissan was the Ford of Imports, but Honda is doing a great job catching up (falling down?).
      schizzle
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's why you wait until the 2nd year of a model's debut, before purchasing.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where is little Susie? Oh, she fell out the door, don't worry we'll pick her up on the way back from grandma's.
      divamiss
      • 1 Year Ago
      I known as a faithful Honda owner for at least 2 decades and buying 5 Honda cars... my husband & I have decided that we will be turning our 2 remaining Hondas CRV in and buying American cars. I have a 2007 CRV -EX and until last year everything more or less was functioning fine. Then the locking mechanism began locking me OUT of my car on a number occasions and I began to fear about the what ifs.
      • 2 Years Ago
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