Recalls: CR-Vs for fire risk, Dakotas and Rams for failing axles
More than 268,000 Honda and 44,000 Dodge vehicles are affected.
Honda is recalling 268,655 CR-Vs for faulty driver's side power-window switches that could catch fire if they get wet, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the automaker's third recall this month.
NHTSA had been investigating the CR-V for possible switch fires since November 2010, when it received complaints from three owners of 2006 models. Honda had denied on at least two separate occasions that the switches were responsible for the blazes. Then in July and August, the switches in two more CR-Vs caught fire, including a 2004 CR-V.
Starting in November, Honda will replace any damaged parts and install a cover to block liquids from entering the switch housing. Only vehicles from the 2002 to 2006 model years are affected. Concerned owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
In August, General Motors recalled nearly 250,000 SUVs for a similar problem. NHTSA is also investigating several 2007-2009 Toyota models for driver's side door-switch fires. In March, Honda recalled the 2002-2004 CR-V for faulty wiring in the headlamp switch that could cause the low-beam lights to malfunction.
Chrysler is recalling 44,300 pickup trucks for rear axles that can suddenly lock up and could cause the driver to lose control. Pinion nuts on 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 and Dakota (pictured, at right) can loosen and cause the axle to fail. Chrysler said it had received 195 customer reports of rear axle failures due to loose nuts.
Chrysler dealers will install pinion-nut retainers starting in November. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.
[Source: NHTSA 1, 2]
Aint' Fonda of a Honda.
My son's 2 door Civic had a cracked engine block around 100K and he religiously took care of it mechanically.Honda just told him ...sorry out of warranty.
Honda is now a 4 letter word in our family that begins with "S".
Nothing like having your rear axle locking up on the highway during your ride to work in the morning. It'll wake you up and make you a very alert driver immediately. Coffee doesnt even come close.
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