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Honda Recalls 200K Cars in US | News & Opinion

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In total, some 232,000 Accord and Insight hybrid cars need a software upgrade from Honda because they are potentially dangerous. The fault is a rather unusual one: the rearview camera doesn’t display images properly meaning drivers could crash or hit someone when reversing.


Honda Insight 2019

Usually, when a vehicle manufacturer recalls a car it’s because of a risk to the driver or passengers inside the car, but Honda’s latest recall is because of what’s happening outside the car.

As Business Insider reports, Honda is having to recall roughly 232,000 2018 Accords and 2019 Insight hybrid cars due to a fault with the rearview camera. It turns out that the center display assembly, which is meant to display the rearview image to help when reversing the car, may not actually provide the driver with that image.

As you can imagine, not having the correct image display, or any image at all, reduces the visibility the driver has when reversing either car. It therefore also increases the risk of the driver crashing into an object, or worse, not seeing someone walk behind the car and hitting them.

Frustratingly for anyone who owns one of the affected vehicles, and for Honda itself, the problem can be solved with a software update. If this was Tesla, that would likely mean an over-the-air software update and no hassle for anyone, but for Honda it means requiring owners contact an authorized dealer and make an appointment to have their vehicle repaired. The reprogramming of the display audio unit will be carried out for free of course, but it’s still a big inconvenience.

Outside of the US, Honda is recalling 14,000 cars in Canada, over 6,000 in Germany, and 3,000 in South Korea, all of which have the same fault. We can only imagine how much this is going to cost to fix in terms of repair time and some owners will make a fuss and no doubt receive a complimentary “we’re sorry” service.

Honda isn’t alone in its car recalls this year. Toyota recently recalled a million hybrids due to a fire risk related to an engine wire harness. Ford also faced a fire risk from charging cables shipped with 50,000 vehicles.

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