Honda Recalls 330,000 Vans, SUVs for Sideview Mirrors That Can’t Stop Shaking

Owners say the mirrors are shaking so bad they can’t see any cars traveling behind them.

byPeter Holderith|
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Japanese automaker Honda will recall more than 330,000 Odyssey minivans, Pilot and Passport SUVs, and Ridgeline truck for side mirror glass that might fall off. According to the recall notice filed to the NHTSA, the pads behind the mirrors used to heat their surface may not have been bonded properly, and the mirror glass may detach.

The recall affects 2020-2022 model-year vehicles. Owners of Hondas equipped with these mirrors have posted complaints to the NHTSA's website for some time. The mirrors allegedly have a habit of being held on for dear life by the wire that connects the heating element to the car's electrical system. As a result, the mirrors don't fall off entirely in some instances; they excessively vibrate, making it difficult to spot any cars. "The mirror shakes so much that it is useless at highway speed, you cannot focus on vehicles coming up on your left hand side," one owner wrote on the NHTSA's website.

Owners of vehicles with bad side mirrors can check whether their Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, on Passport is affected by entering their VIN number on the NHTSA's website. Honda dealers will be required to replace both mirrors, free of charge. All owners of vehicles with bad mirrors will be sent a letter by mail on May 8, informing them of the defect.

This latest Honda recall is the third so far in 2023. The other recalls have affected the new Civic Type R, which may have had its seat frames welded incorrectly and an unrelated steering investigation that may become a recall later. The other recall had to do with vehicles equipped with defective airbags made by Takata, which is ongoing and part of the largest recall in history.

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