Honda has announced a pair of recalls that affect a grand total of 5,233 vehicles here in the United States: 5,216 Element crossovers from the 2007 to 2011 model years, and a whopping 17 Ridgeline pickup trucks from the 2012 model year.

The Element recall only concerns vehicles fitted with the accessory trailer hitch wiring harness. On these vehicles, the wire that powers the trailer turn signals was switched with the wire that controls the actual brake lights, meaning the turn signals will only illuminate when the brakes are on.

As for the Ridgeline, a faulty passenger airbag status indicator may have been installed on vehicles built on April 18 of this year. (How's that for being precise?) This causes the passenger airbag sensor to not properly illuminate, and thus not telling the driver or passengers if the airbag is, in fact, active.

Honda dealers will inspect and repair the recalled vehicles free of charge. Scroll down to read the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statements for both models.
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Vehicle Make / Model: HONDA / ELEMENT
Model Year(s): 2007-2011
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 31, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V436000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,216

Summary

Honda is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2011 Element passenger vehicles equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness. The wire that supplies power to the trailer turn signal lights was inadvertently switched with the stop lamp wire. As a result the turn signals only illuminate when the brake lamps are illuminated. This does not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

Consequence

Without trailer turn signal illumination, the driver's intent is not communicated, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 20, 2012. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Notes

Honda's recall campaign number is S53. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Vehicle Make / Model: HONDA / RIDGELINE
Model Year(s): 2012
Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.) Mfr's Report Date: AUG 31, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V432000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS:ON-OFF SWITCH ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17

Summary

Honda is recalling certain model year 2012 Ridgeline vehicles manufactured on April 18, 2012. An incorrect passenger airbag status indicator may have been installed on the vehicles causing them to fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

Consequence

Without the proper passenger airbag indicator, the driver and other vehicle occupants may not be informed or aware that the front passenger airbag is off and will not deploy in a crash, thereby potentially increasing the risk of injury to a front passenger seat occupant that may have chosen to sit or been seated elsewhere in the vehicle if the correct indicator had been given.

Remedy

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger airbag indicator free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 21, 2012. Owners may contact Honda Automobile Customer services at 1-800-999-1009.

Notes

Honda's recall campaign number is S52. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      thaclassikz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish they didn't discontinue the Element, i like that car.
        Ben
        • 2 Years Ago
        @thaclassikz
        Yeah, now that I've grown up and have my own business I'm not scoffing at it like I used to. I need to be able to move equipment but I don't want a big SUV or van. Mini's Clubvan might do, but I don't want to pay extra for a badge and less space. I'll keep working the hell out of my Mustang's split folds until the market offers something more attractive.
        Dr. Claw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @thaclassikz
        I agree. It was classic, functional Honda. It looked far better with the facelift pictured above as well.
      KyleR
      • 2 Years Ago
      17 2012 Ridgelines? That's pretty much all they made, right?
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      so they recall their entire 2012 production of a whopping 17 ridgeline cars
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      How the hell did it take 5 years Honda to realize the turn signals weren't working properly?! Quality control, anyone? I know there's some time to review the problem and come up with a fix for it, but really it doesn't sound like that complex of a problem...
      Ian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok that thing is so ugly I cant understand why anyone would buy it in the first place.
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        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nice vehicle however. I can tell you have not owned one.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another point for Team Japanese Reliability.
      John Paxton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hoping they catch up to the dubious behavior of their ABS/VSA modulator in the 2009 element.The same part was recalled for prior elements 07/08 but automagically they claim the same fault doesn't occur in the 2009 model.Found out the hard way that I respectfully disagree with their assessment given how many times they have to be force by a court to admit their issues. E.G., http://www.aboutlawsuits.com/honda-brake-recall-odyssey-element-8993/ Exactly what happened to our car, Still things are looking up at this rateI can expect some relief by 2014 ...
      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wowwwwww, JDM trolls ftw, -27 for every comment that doesn't gusy about how wonderful Honda is, lol
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