2002-2004 Honda CR-V, 2003 Honda Pilot: Recall Alert

April 3, 2012

Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall on certain 2002-2004 model year CR-V small crossovers and 2003 Honda Pilot SUVs over concerns about faulty headlight wiring.

2002 Honda CR-V

2002 Honda CR-V

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 554,428. Documentation from Honda (PDF) doesn’t break down the numbers of potentially affected vehicles for each model year, but does give vehicle identification number (VIN) range and dates of manufacture.

The earliest and latest dates of manufacture for the 2002-2004 CR-V and 2003 Honda Pilot vehicles involved in the campaign are as follows:

Honda CR-V:

  • 2002 – May 11, 2001 through September 26, 2002
  • 2003 – September 9, 2002 through September 4, 2003
  • 2004 – July 21, 2003 through September 9, 2004

2003 Honda Pilot

2003 Honda Pilot

2003 Honda Pilot – November 26, 2001 through August 19, 2003

The problem       

The description of the problem sounds complicated, but it boils down to tension from the combination switch wiring harness possibly leading to surface wear on the electrical terminal and yielding copper oxide, which increases electrical resistance. The increased electrical resistance may cause terminal ends to melt within the wiring harness connector.

The potential consequence of this condition is that the low beam headlights may fail to operate. This reduces driver visibility and increases the risk of a vehicle crash.

In an earlier statement, Honda said that no crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

What Honda will do

Honda will notify owners of affected vehicles by mail and request that they bring their vehicles in to an authorized Honda dealer. The dealer will inspect and repair the low-beam terminal harness or replace the lighting switch, as necessary, at no charge. The Honda safety recall campaign is expected to begin on or about April 24, 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2002 to 2004 model year Honda CR-V crossovers and 2003 Honda Pilot SUVs with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1003, and press option #4. Reference Honda’s safety recall campaign No. S34. Information is also available on Honda’s website at 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. 12V136000.

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