Salt or other de-icing chemicals can corrode the frame and loosen rear suspension components, thus Honda is recalling roughly half a million older CR-V SUVs in cold weather states.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration file includes 563,711 Honda CR-Vs built between 2007 and 2011 and sold or registered in "salt belt" states.
"In salt belt states where deicing chemicals are utilized to maintain the roads, the deicing agents coupled with mud and water might enter the rear chassis through
drainage/positioning openings when the vehicle is driven over flooded regions or puddles at high speeds," the agency added.
The accumulating combination might corrode the frame's interior structure, causing the rear trailing arm to come off, NHTSA stated.
Two metal connections connect the back axle to a car's body: the rear trailing arms. They maintain vehicle alignment while letting the back axle move freely.
Canada recalled the automobiles. Honda received 61 U.S. complaints, but NHTSA reported no injuries. No automobiles sold outside salt belt states have had incidents.
Dealers will check Vehicles and install support braces or rear frame repairs if needed. Honda may acquire a damaged frame. Dealers were told March 31 and owners by May 8.
Corrosion-repaired CR-V owners can get their money back. Honda and NHTSA can answer inquiries for owners.
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. sold or registered the recalled CR-Vs.
AAA suggests periodically washing your automobile, especially the underside, to remove, dissolve, and neutralize road salts. Drive-through vehicle washes give undercarriage rinses.
AAA advised washing the vehicle and undercarriage again in spring to eliminate winter deposits, which can cause corrosion year-round.