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Honda Issues Two Odyssey Recalls
Honda has issued two recalls in recent months involving its 2011 Honda
Odyssey. The first of these was related to a windshield wiper defect,
and the second due to a potential defect in certain models’ front sidelites,
resulting from the alleged use of an incorrect primer.
The wiper defect recall had the potential to affect 33,341 vehicles. According
to the notice provided to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
(NHTSA), if the blades freeze and become attached to the windshield and
the wiper motor is switched on, “the front windshield wiper linkage rods
may bend or separate from the motor due to insufficient stiffness of the
The sidelite recall was expected to affect around 2,800 vehicles manufactured
between October 19 and October 27, 2010. The front sidelite assembly was
manufactured by Pilkington North America.
In a March 21 letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), Honda senior manager Jay Joseph described the sidelite defect
“Due to application of the incorrect primer fluid to the driver and front
passenger door power window glass, the holding clips that attach to the
glass by means of adhesive may separate from the glass,” writes Joseph.
“If the holding clips fail to adhere to the glass, the driver and front
passenger power windows will be unable to operate, and could bind or drop
into the front doors. It is possible for the front side windows to shatter
into the passenger cabin, causing a risk of injury to the vehicle occupants.”
Honda first received a warranty claim due to the issue on December 2,
and began investigating. On December 22, company officials say they “confirmed
the incorrect glass primer had been applied.”
Pilkington North America implemented “preventative measures on [the] production
line]” on January 3, according to the information from Honda. However,
as of March 8, Honda had received a total of 97 warranty claims—and decided
on March 17 that a safety-related defect exists.
Honda dealers “will replace either the passenger’s and/or the driver’s
front door window glass, free of charge.”
Pilkington officials had not responded to requests for comment at press
GM Recalls Approximately 10,000 Vehicles for Windshield Defroster
General Motors Corp. (GM) has issued a recall for 10,179 vehicles due
to a software glitch that may disable the driver’s ability to adjust the
The recall, reported to the National Highway Transportation and Safety
Administration on March 4, includes 1,229 Buick LaCrosse vehicles manufactured
between February 14 and February 19, 2011, and 8,950 Cadillac SRX vehicles,
manufactured between December 7, 2010, and February 18, 2011. The company
says the vehicles do not conform to Federal/Canada Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 103, “Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems.”
“On these vehicles, software in the Electronic Climate Control module
may disable the ability to adjust the heating, ventilation and air conditioning
(HVAC) settings,” writes GM in its letter to NHTSA reporting the problem.
The control system in question was manufactured by Behr-Hella Thermocontrol
GmbH in Lippstadt, Germany.
Chevrolet’s Mi-ray Concept Roadster, introduced at the Seoul Motor Show
in South Korea this spring, is equipped with an open top, scissor doors
and an aerodynamic fuselage reminiscent of modern jet fighters.
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