Volume 13, Issue 3 - May-June 2011

oem news from detroit


Honda Issues Two Odyssey Recalls
Honda has issued two recalls in recent months involving its 2011 Honda Odyssey. The first of these was related to a windshield wiper defect, and the second due to a potential defect in certain models’ front sidelites, resulting from the alleged use of an incorrect primer.

The wiper defect recall had the potential to affect 33,341 vehicles. According to the notice provided to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), if the blades freeze and become attached to the windshield and the wiper motor is switched on, “the front windshield wiper linkage rods may bend or separate from the motor due to insufficient stiffness of the rod.”

The sidelite recall was expected to affect around 2,800 vehicles manufactured between October 19 and October 27, 2010. The front sidelite assembly was manufactured by Pilkington North America.

In a March 21 letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Honda senior manager Jay Joseph described the sidelite defect as follows.

“Due to application of the incorrect primer fluid to the driver and front passenger door power window glass, the holding clips that attach to the glass by means of adhesive may separate from the glass,” writes Joseph. “If the holding clips fail to adhere to the glass, the driver and front passenger power windows will be unable to operate, and could bind or drop into the front doors. It is possible for the front side windows to shatter into the passenger cabin, causing a risk of injury to the vehicle occupants.”

Honda first received a warranty claim due to the issue on December 2, and began investigating. On December 22, company officials say they “confirmed the incorrect glass primer had been applied.”

Pilkington North America implemented “preventative measures on [the] production line]” on January 3, according to the information from Honda. However, as of March 8, Honda had received a total of 97 warranty claims—and decided on March 17 that a safety-related defect exists.

Honda dealers “will replace either the passenger’s and/or the driver’s front door window glass, free of charge.”

Pilkington officials had not responded to requests for comment at press time.

GM Recalls Approximately 10,000 Vehicles for Windshield Defroster Defect
General Motors Corp. (GM) has issued a recall for 10,179 vehicles due to a software glitch that may disable the driver’s ability to adjust the windshield defroster.

The recall, reported to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration on March 4, includes 1,229 Buick LaCrosse vehicles manufactured between February 14 and February 19, 2011, and 8,950 Cadillac SRX vehicles, manufactured between December 7, 2010, and February 18, 2011. The company says the vehicles do not conform to Federal/Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 103, “Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems.”

“On these vehicles, software in the Electronic Climate Control module may disable the ability to adjust the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) settings,” writes GM in its letter to NHTSA reporting the problem.

The control system in question was manufactured by Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH in Lippstadt, Germany.

briefly …
Chevrolet’s Mi-ray Concept Roadster, introduced at the Seoul Motor Show in South Korea this spring, is equipped with an open top, scissor doors and an aerodynamic fuselage reminiscent of modern jet fighters.

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