Honda and Subaru to Recall More Than 800,000 Cars
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that because of safety concerns, Honda is recalling 310,773 SUVs and Subaru is recalling almost 500,000 of its cars.
Honda’s recall is of its 2009 through 2011 Pilot models, because their front seat belts might not work properly in an accident. Honda said in a news release that the stitching could be missing or incomplete on the lap area of the seat belts, and in a crash the belts could disconnect from the anchor webbing, increasing the risk of injury.
Christopher Jensen writes in The New York Times blog Wheels:
The automaker said it was not aware of any injuries. However, in its report to N. H. T. S.A., it said it was aware of two cases in which the belts separated.
The first instance occurred in May 2010, and Honda said it investigated and traced the problem to an ‘inexperienced’ sewing machine operator at the supplier in Mexico. Honda said it learned of a second occurrence 13 months later, investigated and on Aug. 31 decided a recall was necessary.
Honda described the recall as voluntary, but once a manufacturer is aware of a safety problem it has no choice but to inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its plan for a recall. Otherwise it faces a civil fine.
For more information, Honda owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.
Subaru has two separate recalls. The first, to begin in November, involves approximately 195,000 2010 and 2011 Legacy sedans and Outback crossovers because the windshield wiper’s motor can overheat. That could cause the wipers not to work, which would reduce a driver’s ability to see the road. In the worst case scenario, the overheated motor could melt its casing and could catch on fire.
Subaru will contact owners of those models and dealers will replace the wiper motor assembly at no charge. Owners can call Subaru at 800-2783 or the NTHSA hotline.
The second Subaru recall is of about 295,000 vehicles, including the 2002 through 2007 Impreza, 2003 through 2008 Forester, and 2005 and 2006 Saab 9-2x, which is based in the Impreza. In all of these models, a front control arm could break if corroded, thus making the vehicle difficult to control. NHTSA began investigating the control arm problem after it has received seven complaints from owners about the control arm defect. Two of the owners said they lost control of their vehicles, but did not have any crashes.
According to Wheels:
Michael McHale, a Subaru spokesman, wrote in an e-mail that there were no reports of accidents for either recall. Mr. McHale said that dealers for Saab Cars of North America would be required to repair the affected 9-2x models.
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