Recall Roundup: Honda SUVs, Toxic Onions, and 19 Tons of Beef


We’ve got three hot, fresh recalls for you today. Honda is pulling over a million vehicles for numerous manufacturing faults. Meanwhile, onions are making people sick all across the country, and nearly 20 tons of beef made it across the border without being inspected. Here’s what you need to know.

Honda Hit With 4 Recalls at Once

Honda might just win the award for most recalls in a single day. The automaker issued four total recalls for a total of 1.6 million vehicles. That includes Pilots, Passports, and Odysseys.

The lion’s share of the recalls belongs to the Odyssey minivan, with over 600,000 vehicles recalled. The model years for those minivans range from 2018 to 2020. The 2019-2020 run of Passports and the 2019-2021 Pilots were also pulled.

The issue? Faulty software that can cause the dashboard to display faulty information. The malfunction impacts essential displays such as the speedometer and gear position.

A related programming flaw can also cause the backup camera to malfunction. It simply won’t turn on, which is obviously a pretty big flaw. But perhaps not quite so serious as the 2018-2020 Odysseys whose sliding doors can fly open due to water damage in the latches.

Water damage also accounts for the fourth and final recall. Certain 2019-2020 Odysseys may find that their rearview cameras display distorted images–or no images at all–thanks to water getting into the mounting mechanism.

In short, if you bought a Honda Odyssey recently, be prepared for some extensive repairs. Luckily, recall repairs are always free of charge to registered drivers.

FDA Warns of Dangerous Onions

It started with red onions but quickly spread to encompass all your favorite varieties. Onions grown by Thomson International in California may be contaminated with Salmonella. And if you’re not sure where your onions were grown, you’re not alone. These veggies aren’t often labeled, so the FDA is advising that you get rid of all your onions.

“If you cannot tell if your onion is part of the recall, or your food product contains recalled onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out,” the FDA says in its announcement.

You might not take the issue very seriously; after all, how dangerous can onions be? However, the produce was sold in all 50 states and has resulted in almost 400 reported illnesses and nearly 60 hospitalizations.

It’s not pleasant to be hospitalized at the best of times, but during a pandemic, it’s a catastrophe. Don’t risk it–chuck out your onions and wait for the all-clear from the FDA.

Always Inspect Your Beef

Finally, a word about uninspected beef. If meat is imported from, for example, Canada, it must be inspected by the USDA. If it slips over the border, then it must be recalled regardless of whether there is actually a problem with the meat.

The USDA pulled almost 20 tons of ground beef that came over from JBS Food Canada ULC in Alberta. The frozen beef was distributed throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina on July 13. If you purchased any frozen meat from the Balter Meat Company, you shouldn’t consume it.

Even though there have been no confirmed issues with this meat, it was never inspected and is therefore a category 1 recall–the most urgent and dangerous category.