Add Honda to the list of manufacturers that has issued a recall this month. The company has issued a recall for 76,000 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks. The recall, which affects 2006-2007 models, is related to an issue with a wire harness connector. Failure of this wire harness connector could cause the air-conditioning unit to overheat, which could lead to a potential fire. Ridgeline owners should call 1-800-999-1009 for more information.
Maybe it's because of what's going on at Toyota, but recalls have been in the news a lot lately. This is a reminder that even modern cars and trucks aren't immune to quality problems, and even companies with impeccable reputations for quality are susceptible. This doesn't mean Honda will have to endure the firestorm that Toyota has--the Ridgeline isn't a hot seller, and a relatively low number of trucks is involved here--but it does mean that consumers need to stay in tune and informed.
There's no word about any other Honda vehicles being affected by the recall, and right now, only 2006 and 2007 models appear to be affected. Should you own one of these trucks, it's advised that you either call the number listed above or bring it to a Honda dealer for a repair.
Hopefully this is an isolated incident that Honda can resolve quickly. Despite the jokes that have been tossed Toyota's way this month, recalls are no laughing matter, especially as automakers try to pull out of an industry-wide sales slump. Quality questions won't bring shoppers back to showrooms. We'll keep you posted on any further information we may hear.