Honda recalls 1.79 million vehicles worldwide over safety concerns

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WASHINGTON – Honda Motor Co said on Tuesday it was recalling 1.79 million vehicles around the world in four separate campaigns, some of which were linked to reported fires.

The recalls involve 1.4 million vehicles in the United States.

The Japanese automaker said a recall involved 268,000 model-year 2002-2006 CR-V vehicles in the United States to replace power window master switches. Honda said no injuries were reported, but 16 fires were linked to the issue.

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Honda had a previous recall of the power window main switches in 2012. The new recall is in response to moisture-related failures of switches repaired in the previous campaign.

Honda is also recalling approximately 735,000 2019-2020 Accord, Accord Hybrid and Insight vehicles in the United States to update the body control module software. A programming fault could disrupt the communication causing the lighting of several lights and a malfunction of the electronic components, he specified, in particular “the display of the reversing camera, the indicators and the wipers”.

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Honda is also issuing two recalls involving 430,000 US vehicles in 22 US states and the District of Columbia with heavy use of road salt to inspect and potentially replace front driveshafts. Both are in response to possible failure of the drive shafts due to corrosion. No injuries have been reported in connection with any of the recalls, the company said.

Honda said repair parts are not available for all vehicles involved in drive shaft recalls. The recalls cover 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2007-2014 Honda Fit, 2013-2015 Acura ILX, 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid and 2013-2015 Honda Accord. No crashes were reported in the driveshaft or software recalls.

(Reporting by David Shepardson, editing by Rosalba O’Brien and Tom Brown)

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