|Vehicle Make / Model:
HONDA / ELEMENT
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Mfr’s Report Date: AUG 31, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V436000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,216
Honda is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2011 Element passenger vehicles equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness. The wire that supplies power to the trailer turn signal lights was inadvertently switched with the stop lamp wire. As a result the turn signals only illuminate when the brake lamps are illuminated. This does not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”
Without trailer turn signal illumination, the driver’s intent is not communicated, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 20, 2012. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.