More than 110,000 Honda CR-Vs recalled in Canada

More than 110,000 Honda vehicles have been recalled by Transport Canada because rusting rear frames could lead to a crash.

The recall, updated in May, affects Honda CR-Vs from 2007-2011.

“On certain vehicles, the rear frame could rust. In extreme cases, this could result in a rear trailing arm separating from the vehicle,” the recall states.

“A rear trailing arm that separates could cause a loss of control and increase the risk of a crash.”

This recall may be familiar to some Honda customers because it replaces one issued in 2019, for the same rusting concern in 83,000 vehicles.

According to the updated Transport Canada recall, “Vehicles that were inspected or repaired under that recall also require this second inspection and repair.”

Honda Canada stated in an April post describing the new recall that as of March 23, they have received 61 customer complaints in North America, but no reports of injuries or fatalities connected to the issue.

The company estimates that approximately one per cent of the recalled vehicles will actually have the defect requiring repair.

The problem is related to winter driving, when Honda Canada says road de-icing agents such as salt could enter the rear frame through drainage holes, causing corrosion that, over time, could cause the rear trailing arm to fall off.

Owners will be notified by mail if their vehicle is affected, and told to take their vehicle to a dealership for an inspection.

“If the vehicle passes the inspection, dealers will apply corrosion protection and install a brace,” Transport Canada states. “For a vehicle that does not pass the inspection, Honda will repurchase the vehicle. In the event the repurchase is declined by an owner, a secondary inspection and body shop repair method may be possible.”

Those who are concerned their vehicle could be impacted can check ahead of time through Honda’s website by inputting their vehicle identification number.