Honda recalls 550,000 SUVs, risk of headlight failure

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Honda has issued a voluntary recall for more than 550,000 of its C-RV and Pilot sport utility vehicles due to a potential risk of headlight failure. According to a statement issued by the automaker, the wiring connecting the headlight switch to the battery is too taut, causing it to loosen gradually from its connectors, possibly until it becomes unattached, cutting the lights off from their power source and causing the low-beam headlamps to switch off unexpectedly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received more than thirty complaints related to this issue, including 12 owners complaining that both headlights switched off suddenly.  These reports, along with information provided by the automakers, prompted the NHTSA to run diagnostic tests on the vehicles, which revealed the potential for malfunctioning headlamp wiring.

Honda will begin informing consumers of the recall at the end of April. The CR-Vs and Pilots under recall include vehicles from the model years 2002 through 2004. At this time, no incidences of injuries or accidents caused by this manufacturing defect have been reported.

As a San Diego personal injury lawyer, I sincerely hope this recall can be completed before anyone is hurt by this potentially dangerous defect.  If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident caused by a malfunctioning automobile, I urge you to consider discussing your case with a San Diego car accident lawyer.