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