Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2006 model year Honda CR-V small crossover SUVs over concerns about a defective weld that could cause the right front lower control arm to fracture.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 1,316. Documentation (PDF) from Honda identifies the dates of manufacture as May 26, 2006 through June 1, 2006.
At issue is potentially insufficient weld strength attaching the sub-frame bushing collar to the passenger-side front lower arm. Vibration during driving can cause the collar to separate from the arm.
If the arm separates during driving, loss of steering can occur. This increases the risk of a vehicle crash. The Japanese automaker said in an earlier statement that no crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.
What Honda will do
Honda will notify owners of 2006 model year CR-Vs involved in the safety recall campaign asking them to take their vehicles to an authorized Honda dealer. The dealer will inspect the production lot stamp on the lower front arm on the passenger side, replacing the lower front arm if necessary, at no charge. The Honda safety recall campaign is expected to begin on or about April 17, 2012.
In the meantime, owners of 2006 Honda CR-Vs with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 and select option 4. Reference the Honda safety recall campaign No. S33. Customers can also go online to www.recalls.honda.com.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V124000.