If your high school was anything like ours, new tennis shoes were a Pretty Big Deal. The proud owners would strut across campus, eager to show off their pristine sneaks, but also wary of getting them dirty. Before the day was through, though, they'd inevitably scuff them in the gym, or some yutz would step on them, and the wearer relaxed a bit. The initiation was over: the shoes had been broken in.
Something similar has happened to the 2016 Honda HR-V. The new compact crossover went on sale in May, and now, it's been lightly sullied, too -- via the auto world's time-honored rite of initiation, the official recall.
On the face of it, the HR-V's flaw isn't quite as serious as many that underlie recalls, but it's still in need of a fix. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some HR-Vs may be missing a federally required label that tells owners the proper air pressure for their tires. As a result, owners might over- or under-inflate their tires, which could lead to an accident.
The recall affects 2016 HR-V vehicles built between January 12, 2015 and May 20, 2015. All told, 11,511 vehicles in the U.S. are affected.
Honda says that it will mail recall notices to owners around September 18, 2015. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Honda dealers, who will inspect the cars and apply the proper labels.
If you have questions, you're encouraged to call Honda customer service at 800-999-1009, option 4, and ask about recalls JT2, or JT4. You can also visit www.Recalls.Honda.com to determine whether your vehicle is affected.
Alternately, you can call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V472000.