Recall Alert: 2001-2006 Honda, Acura Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: An unspecified number of model-year 2001-05 Honda Civic cars; 2003-04 Civic compressed natural gas cars and Element crossovers; 2002-05 CR-V crossovers; 2002-04 Odyssey minivans; 2003-05 Accord cars, Pilot crossovers, Civic Hybrid cars and Acura MDX luxury crossovers; 2005 Acura RL luxury sedans; and 2006 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks, all originally sold or registered at any time in areas with high absolute humidity, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. The action is part of the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall that has affected nearly 7.8 million vehicles and 10 automakers.

The Fix: Honda will begin notifying owners Nov. 24, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. Honda said most of the vehicles covered by this formal recall were included in a June 2014 "safety improvement campaign." The automaker said the same repair required in that previous campaign — replacement of the passenger-side frontal airbag inflator — applies to all of the vehicles now included in the formal recall; vehicles in which the passenger-side airbag inflator already was replaced under the previous safety campaign are not included in the recall. Honda said the number of vehicles affected has yet to be determined; a call to the automaker for clarification was not immediately returned.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2007-2011 Honda Element

Honda is recalling 5,216 model-year 2007-2011 versions of the Element SUV due to problems with the trailer hitch wiring harness, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles are equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness that has faulty wiring. On these vehicles, the turn signals on the trailer only illuminate when the brakes are applied. This could lead to an accident.

Honda will notify owners starting Sept. 20, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

Kia Soul: Last Box Standing?

It seemed like the automotive industry was all about thinking inside the box during the last few years, with squared-off entries from Honda, Scion, Nissan and Kia entering the market. Since the midsize Honda Element debuted in 2002, it's been followed by the compact Scion xB and subcompact Nissan Cube and Kia Soul to much initial fanfare and even commercials with lovable dancing rodents.

But is the box-on-wheels party over? It looks like consumers have cooled to the idea of driving such distinct cars. Model-year 2011 was the Element's last, and this past spring Toyota announced it's canceling the xB. Are the Cube and Soul next?

By Jennifer Geiger | July 18, 2012 | Comments (19)

Recall Alert: 2005-10 Honda Accord, 2007-10 Honda CR-V, 2005-08 Honda Element


Honda is voluntarily recalling about 1.5 million vehicles to update the software that controls the automatic transmission, the automaker said.

The recall affects the 2005-10 Honda Accord, 2007-10 CR-V and 2005-08 Element with four-cylinder engines. In the affected vehicles, if the transmission is quickly shifted between Reverse, Neutral and Drive — such as when the driver is trying to dislodge a vehicle stuck in mud or snow — the engine could stall, or it could be difficult to engage the parking gear.

Affected owners will be notified beginning Aug. 31. Dealers will update the software controlling the automatic transmission to ease the transition between gears. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 and select option 4 for more information.

By Dave Lee | August 5, 2011 | Comments (58)

Honda Spotlights No Money Down Leases in April

2011 Odyssey minivanDespite potentially tight supplies of some Honda vehicles, the automaker continues a robust lease and low-financing incentives campaign throughout April. Honda calls it “The Really Big Thing Sales Event,” and by now, you've likely seen the commercials for it, which feature oversized lapel pins. Like other recent Honda sales events, the carmaker is pushing leases with $0 down payment, $0 security deposit, $0 first month's payment and $0 due at signing on most of its lineup.

The no-money-down lease deals include $380 a month on the 2011 Odyssey minivan and $250 a month for a 2011 Accord. Keep in mind that $0 down doesn’t include tax, license, title, registration and documentation fees, which will likely cost thousands of dollars before you leave the lot. If you want to reduce your monthly payments, Honda’s also offering lease deals with money down — typically $1,999 — knocking off about $60 a month on the lease deals we highlight below.

By Colin Bird | April 6, 2011 | Comments (1)

Happy Honda Days Actually Good For Lease Deals

2010 Accord CrosstourHonda has the second-highest residual values in the industry (after Subaru) because the company doesn’t offer big discounts on its vehicles. In fact, Honda is currently offering no customer cash-back incentives during its holiday sales event. So how do they call it a sale?

There are dealer incentive programs, which we highlight below. It’s important to note that dealer incentives are for the dealers only, but often you can squeeze the manufacture subsidy out of your retailer. For more info, check out our advice page on the incentives.

By Colin Bird | December 17, 2010 | Comments (1)

Honda Element Will Be No More After 2011

2011 Honda ElementWord has come down from Honda that the 2011 Element will be the final model year of production for the crossover. The Element remains pretty much the same model that went on sale in December 2002, which makes it Honda’s oldest model and one of the oldest models currently on sale in the U.S.

For the 2011 model year, Honda dropped the Element’s youth-oriented SC trim that was added for the 2007 model year. There’s no navigation option on the EX trim anymore, either. The 2011 Element starts at $20,825. To learn more about the trim features and pricing, go here.

There is no indication that Honda will replace the Element with another model. Honda has sold nearly 325,000 Elements in the United States so far.

By Colin Bird | December 3, 2010 | Comments (31)

Ch-Ch-Changes: 2011 Honda Element

2011 Honda Element EX

For the 2011 model year, the Honda Element drops its youth-oriented SC trim that was added to the 2007 model. There’s no more navigation option on the EX trim, either. Besides that, the features are the same on the remaining trims, with no additional content.

According to Honda’s retail website, the Dog Friendly package added last year is still a $1,000 option. You can check out our video review of that package here

The Element is available in LX and EX trims. The LX comes standard with air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and keyless entry. The EX adds seven speakers, including a 6.5-inch subwoofer, satellite radio, auxiliary input for MP3 players and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.

Both trims come with a 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission with either front- or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is rated at 20/25 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive and 19/24 mpg for all-wheel drive.

The 2011 Element starts at $20,825. All trims get a $300 price bump from the previous model year. The 2011 Element remains pretty much the same model that debuted in 2003, which makes it one of the older models currently on sale in the U.S. market. For complete pricing, continue reading below.

By Colin Bird | October 25, 2010 | Comments (4)

Car Talk: Top 10 Cars We Hate the Most

Car Talk Top 10 Cars We Hate the Most
Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, are the hosts behind the popular radio show “Car Talk,” and they have a bone to pick with a few cars that are trying to drive their repair shop out of business. It’s not so much what these cars are doing to deprive the brothers of food on their tables; it’s what they’re not doing – breaking down. Continue reading to find out the top 10 (actually 13) most dreaded car names to an auto mechanic.

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By Colin Bird | September 2, 2010 | Comments (36)

Recall Alert: 2010 Honda Element

2010 Honda Element
Honda is recalling 585 2010 Honda Elements due to a problem with the automatic transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

In the affected vehicles, the cable that connects the shift lever to the transmission was not installed correctly. The result is the driver may be able to shift the gear lever, for instance from Drive to Low Gear, but the transmission may not change to the selected gear. 

This could eventually lead to the key being stuck in the ignition switch because the driver wouldn’t be able to shift the vehicle in or out of Park. It could also lead to not being able to shift the vehicle into Reverse or Drive, increasing the possibility of a crash. 

The affected vehicles were manufactured from April 1 through June 25. Honda has contacted some owners already by phone and arranged to fix the car free of charge. All other owners will be notified of the recall by mail. Owners will bring their vehicles to dealers to get the shift cable bushing fixed. The recall begins Aug. 9. 

For more information, owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.


By Colin Bird | August 9, 2010 | Comments (5)

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