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Honda To Recall 554,000 SUVs Over Faulty Headlight Wiring


Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (HMC) said Friday that it will voluntarily recall about 554,000 sports utility vehicles in the U.S., citing a potential failure of the headlight wiring system.

American Honda Motor Co., a unit of Honda, said the recall affects CR-V crossover SUVs from model years 2002 to 2004 and Pilot SUVs from model year 2003.

The Japanese automaker said that a potential failure with the wiring of the headlight switch may cause the low beam headlights to become inoperative and increase the risk of a crash.

However, the company added that no crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue.

Honda said it will begin to mail notification to customers in late April 2012. In addition, owners of the vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009.

This is not the first time in 2012 that Honda is recalling its SUVs. Just last week, the company recalled 1,316 of its 2006 model CR-V SUVs in the U.S. to inspect and replace the right-front lower control arm. The control arm is part of the suspension and also affects the steering.

Honda said that the right-front lower control arm on some CR-Vs was improperly welded and could break at the weld. The company noted that if the lower control arm breaks, vehicle handling could be affected and increase the risk of a crash.

In December 2011, Honda expanded its earlier vehicle recall by announcing the recall of about 273,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S., to replace the driver's airbag inflators. The recalls relate to certain 2001 through 2003 model-years Honda and Acura.

Honda's recall of the CR-V SUVs have not been limited just to the U.S. Earlier this week, Dongfeng Honda began recalling 2,000 CR-V SUVs in China from Saturday due to poor welding on their triangle arms, Xinhua reported, citing China's consumer quality watchdog.

Honda is also reportedly recalling 20,587 CR-V SUVs in the Philippines due to a wiring problem that could cause the cars' low beam headlights to stop working.

Rival automaker Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) has also been grappling with embarrassing recalls. Toyota announced a recall of 681,500 vehicles in the U.S. in early March due to safety concerns. The company has been involved in a recall of around 12 million vehicles from 2009 to 2011.

Japanese automakers are struggling to make a comeback effort after string of crises, including disruptions due to last year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan as well as the severe floods in Thailand in October.

Despite the recent recalls, Honda reported a 7.8 percent increase in February new vehicle sales in the U.S.

In its second full month of sales, the all-new Honda CR-V eclipsed its previous February record with sales of 24,759, up 24.5 percent over last year's total of 19,096 units.

HMC closed Thursday's trading at $38.24, down $0.59 on a volume of 233,600 shares.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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