Massive Honda Recall Over Software Flaw: You Could Be Affected


If you own a Honda vehicle, you could be affected by the newest sweeping recall from the Japanese automaker. A software flaw has triggered a massive 1.4 million vehicle recall from the manufacturer, affecting customers all over the world. The recalls also covers some hardware failures, including overheating window switches and breaking drive shafts.

A recall of this scale is bizarre for Honda. The Japanese manufacturer is known for its reliability and high build quality. As such, when they issue a recall, owners take notice. Read on to find out if your vehicle has been affected by this huge recall.

Which Vehicles Are Affected by the Software Recall?

Over 700,000 Honda Insights from 2019 and 2020 and Honda Accords from 2018 through 2020 are included in the recall. The software flaw is a major one; it can cause failures in the backup camera, the windshield wipers and, critically, the turn signals. It’s easy to see how any of these systems failing could result in a dangerous situation for the driver.

The software recall will be rolled out in late January. Owners will be notified by mail of the recall if their vehicle is affected, and they will be able to bring their Honda to a local dealership for a free software update that will fix the issue.

Drive Shaft Recalls

The breaking drive shaft recalls are being rolled out in two waves and will affect Honda Fit models from 2007 through 2014, 2012 Honda Civic Hybrids, Honda Accord models from 2013 through 2015 and Acura ILX models from 2013 through 2015. The recall affects vehicles in 22 states that use salt to clear snow and ice from roadways. Corrosion due to this practice can lead to drive shafts breaking. Notifications for this recall will go out in February.

The parts to repair this issue aren’t available yet but will become available next year. Repairs, of course, will be administered for free at Honda dealerships for those covered by the recall.

Overheating Power Window Switch

The power window switch recall affects Honda CR-Vs from 2002 through 2006. It covers an issue where water can seep into the switch through the open window and cause an electrical short. That short can result in overheating and even fire. Owners will be notified in late January if they’re affected by the recall.

Notably, this recall was already administered once in 2012, but the repairs didn’t help. Honda has still had reports of some sixteen fires due to this issue.