Buying Used: Beware the Secret Recall

Honda recall

When shopping for used cars, people often look to a certain brand and take comfort in knowing the brand’s reputation for quality and reliability will mean a trouble-free ownership experience.

Honda certainly qualifies as one of those brands.

Smart car buyers know that any used car, regardless of brand, should never be brought home without a thorough history check. That research should include a close look at recalls issued for the model getting considered.

In the last week or so, Honda has reminded us that no brand is immune from a potentially dangerous fault that could result in an accident, with two separate recalls on three of its most popular vehicles.

Recalls were issued on the 2002-2006 Honda CR-V and the 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey and Pilot. Both address problems that could result in significant property damage, or even death, should they go unrepaired.

CR-V fireThe CR-V recall is for a driver’s side window switch that could fail and melt, which could result in a vehicle fire. The potential for danger exists whether the vehicle is in operation or parked, so owners are advised to park outside until the repair is complete.

The Odyssey/Pilot recall is for a possible roll-away risk. On those vehicles, the ignition park-shift interlock could malfunction and allow drivers to remove the key from the ignition even if the vehicle is not in Park. Vehicles have been said to roll away and collide with other objects.

Forty-three complaints, some apparently resulting in injuries, have triggered the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s examination of approximately 577,000 vehicles. Honda says it will also begin an investigation into the matter.

Owners or buyers of potentially affected vehicles can contact Honda customer service at 800-999-1009, or call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

Recalls by auto manufacturers aren’t secret by any means, but if used-car buyer forgets to look into it, he or she may not discover there’s a problem until it’s too late.

Do you make sure to check for recalls before buying a used car?


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