Honda has issued a recall for 564,000 CR-Vs due to a rust issue that affects the subframe of the vehicle. The recall affects CR-Vs from the 2002-2006 model years that were sold or registered in 20 cold-weather states and the District of Columbia.
The issue stems from the fact that the subframe, which supports the engine and transmission, can rust and eventually break. This can cause the engine to drop and potentially lead to a crash. Honda says it has received reports of four crashes related to the issue, but no injuries have been reported.
The affected states are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Honda says it will notify affected owners by mail and instruct them to take their vehicles to a dealer for inspection. If the subframe is found to be rusted, Honda will replace it free of charge. The automaker says it will also apply a corrosion-resistant coating to the new subframe to prevent future rusting.
This is not the first time Honda has had to issue a recall for rust-related issues. In 2010, the automaker recalled 97,000 CR-Vs from the 1997-2001 model years due to rusting subframes. In that case, the recall was limited to vehicles sold or registered in 20 cold-weather states and the District of Columbia.
The latest recall comes as Honda is dealing with a number of other issues, including a massive recall of Takata airbags that has affected millions of vehicles worldwide. The company has also been hit with a number of lawsuits related to defective airbags and other issues.
Despite these challenges, Honda remains one of the most popular automakers in the world, with a reputation for reliability and quality. The company has been working to address the issues with its vehicles and improve its overall performance, and it remains a top choice for many consumers.