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More Than 563,000 Honda CR-Vs Recalled for Rusted Frames That Can Corrode and Fail

Honda said if a bracket to hold the rear trailing arms together can't be installed or won't work, it'll either repair the frame or buy back the car.
2008 Honda CR-V

Winters can be nasty, but dealing with winters can be even nastier. That’s why Honda announced last week it would recall more than 563,000 CR-V SUVs for possible corrosion due to de-icing agents used in some states. The recall covers 2007-2011 Honda CR-Vs ever registered in nearly half of all U.S. states. 

(Those states, by the way, are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. We warned you.)

Honda said an accumulation of road salt could build up in the rear frame by entering drainage holes and corroding the frame. In some cases, the rear trailing arm could fall off. Honda conducted a recall of the same vehicles for the same issue in Canada in 2019 but determined that vehicles in the U.S. wouldn’t need the fix due to more paved roads and less road salt usage. Last month, the company reversed that position after finding similar complaints among vehicles in the U.S. 

Honda said it’s aware of 61 complaints about the issue in the U.S. with no reported injuries. Customers of affected cars will be notified in May to bring them in for inspection, where a dealer will determine if the rear frame may be corroding. If so, a bracket will be installed on the trailing arm. If the bracket can’t hold the trailing arm together, Honda said it will repair the frame or buy back the car. Similarly, if the rear trailing arm bolt can’t be removed, the dealer will try to repair the frame or buy back the car. 

Honda said CR-Vs in other states wouldn’t be recalled. The recall is the latest for Honda in a very busy start to 2023. Earlier this year, Honda said it would investigate a steering issue with its Civic sedans, recall its Civic Type R hatchback for an improper seat weld, and recall 330,000 vans and SUVs for a defective sideview mirror.