Honda's two SUVs, the CR-V and the Pilot, are some of the most popular on the road, but the company recently issued a substantial recall. Honda says that about 550,000 of the vehicles could be susceptible to a problem that causes them to lose low beam headlights.
The recall impacts CR-Vs from model years 2002 through 2004 and Pilots from 2003. Experts say the problem is likely caused by a wiring issue that results in the lights shutting off, which could certainly result in some problems for nighttime driving. Despite the concern, Honda officials say they have not received word of any accident caused by the issue
The recall could impact many people who have bought used Hondas over the the last decade, as the brand is one of the most popular for pre-owned vehicles. Still, while it's a large number, it pales in comparison to the recent recall issued by German luxury brand BMW. The automaker recalled 1.3 million cars, with about 367,000 of them in the United States, for an electrical problem in the trunk that could result in a fire. Much like Honda's recall, there have not been any significant issues reported.
"We've got one known case of actual fire here in the U.S., having sold 367,000 cars," BMW spokesman David Buchko told The Associated Press recently.
Along with paying attention to recall notices issued by automakers, drivers should stay on top of maintenance themselves. New Jersey State Auto Auction makes that easy thanks to its convenient Total Car Care center. Located in Jersey City and open to the public, its knowledgeable staff can provide everything from repairs to general upkeep.