Honda has announced a wide-reaching recall program for thousands of Honda CR-V Hybrids due to an electrical issue that could potentially lead to fires.
Honda has stated that roughly 20,000 Honda CR-V Hybrids sold in the U.S. and worldwide are affected by the recall. The recall covers Honda CR-V Hybrids from model years 2018 to 2020. Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Honda with further instructions.
The issue at hand stems from an electrical current leakage issue that could cause overheating in components of the hybrid powertrain. This could potentially cause a fire, even when the vehicle is shut off and parked.
Honda has said that it has received four reports of a fire originating from the same issue, though there have been no reported injuries. Honda has stated that, as part of the recall program, they will update the hybrid control unit’s software to prevent further incidents.
Honda will contact distributors and owners of affected vehicles to let them know when they can take their vehicles to dealers for the necessary software update. The update will be free, and no official timeline has yet been announced. In the meantime, Honda encourages owners of affected vehicles to stop using their batteries completely.
This recall is just the latest in a string of recalls from Honda due to fire risks. Thankfully, Honda has noticed this potential risk and acted quickly in the interests of their customers. It looks like Honda is offering a quick fix for this issue, and one can only hope that this recall prevents further safety issues in the future.