Honda will recall 330,318 cars to fix an issue which can cause side-view mirrors to fall out.
According to a recall notice posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall covers Honda’s 2020-2021 Pilot SUV, 2020-2022 Passport SUV, 2020-2021 Ridgeline pickup and 2020-2022 Odyssey minivan. The report notes that the heating pads behind the affected vehicles’ side-view mirrors are improperly bonded, which can cause the glass to detach. This fails to meet the conditions of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 111, “Rear Visibility,” which requires manufacturers to equip their cars with mirrors which give drivers with side and rear views.
As with most recalls, drivers of the affected vehicles can see their dealers for free repairs and replacements. Those who wish to know if their car is included in the side-view mirror recall can check by visiting the NHTSA’s website and entering their VIN. However, Honda will send notices to all impacted owners by May 8.
The rate of recalls in the U.S. has remained steady since January. Last week, both Hyundai and Kia were forced to expand their recall efforts over a potential fire risk which has now been identified in over 800,000 vehicles. Four days prior, Ford recalled roughly 1.5 million sedans, SUVs and pickups for windshield wiper and brake hose defects. The side-view mirror notice is Honda’s second NHTSA filing of the month. In mid-March, the automaker was forced to recall roughly 500,000 cars over a potentially dangerous seat-belt defect. While the strain of replacing or repairing defective items can be frustrating for both customers and OEMs, dealers with quality service departments stand to benefit significantly from the ordeal.