Honda recalls 2010-2011 Accord, Pilot cars over suspension-failure risk

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 24, 2010

Honda is recalling about 10,800 Accord and Pilot models produced as part of the late 2010 and 2011 model years. Honda said that the problem is related to potential front suspension failure.

Honda says the defect stems from the assembly lines of the models, where the machinery didn’t properly accomplish its task of tightening the spindle nuts on the front axles of both vehicles, as well as the damper attachment bracket bolts for the Pilot. It wasn’t Honda that detected the problem.

Instead, the flaw was discovered by its Honda Manufacturing of Alabama plant where the models are manufactured. They found a flaw in the software which operates the machine.

Honda has announced the recall as a precaution. Honda will be notifying the owners of the vehicles that are covered by the recall. They will be asked to bring their vehicles to the dealers to be inspected and repaired if necessary.

Honda Pilot is considered to be one of those SUVs that has helped promote the "crossover" segment in the past decade. This is primarily because the Pilot offers a number of attributes that traditional SUVs don’t have -- smooth ride comfort, overall efficiency and an obliging interior packaging.

The Pilot was able to achieve all these thanks to its body construction and fully independent suspension that helped improve its ride quality while allowing for more interior space. Likewise, these elements allowed the Honda Pilot to earn top crash safety ratings and become more fuel efficient.

Interestingly, the secret recipe for crossover success was well established by the original Honda Pilot. In fact, its rivals had no other choice but to copy some of its elements like a standard third row seat, an easy-to-configure interior and decision-free four-wheel drive.

Now, the latest generation of the Honda Pilot is aiming to improve on that recipe by bringing in enhanced interior functionality and a more SUV-rugged appearance as well as more on-the-road refinement. Honda developed and designed the Pilot using the concept of an "intelligent adventure vehicle" that would be able to meet the practical needs.

Thus, the new Honda Pilot is large enough to comfortably accommodate eight passengers. Now featuring a bolder SUV styling, the new Honda is laden with advanced technologies to enhance its safety, convenience and fuel efficiency.

Press Release

Statement by Honda Regarding Suspension Recall on selected 2010 to 2011 Accord and 2011 Pilot Vehicles

Honda will recall approximately 10,800 late model year 2010 to 2011 Accord and model year 2011 Pilot vehicles in the U.S. to prevent potential front suspension failure.

Owners of identified model year 2010 to 2011 Accord and model year 2011 Pilot vehicles will receive notification to bring their vehicle to a Honda dealer for inspection. After inspection of the Accord, the dealer will replace the spindle nuts; after inspection of the Pilot, the dealer will replace the spindle nuts and if necessary the front damper attachment bracket bolts.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification from Honda that their vehicle requires repair. Notification to customers will start on December 23, 2010.

When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers.

To this end, in addition to contacting customers by mail, after December 23, 2010, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicle requires repair by going on-line or calling Honda. Honda owners can go to www.recalls.honda.com or call (800) 999-1009, and select option 4.

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