Dodge and Honda recently issued recalls for their Chargers and Odysseys, respectively.
Dodge issued a recall for its 2011-2012 Chargers because of overheating lights. The affected Chargers, 43,450 of which are found in the United States, have halogen headlights.
According to the Michigan-based automaker, the heat from the headlights may contribute to the failure of the jumper harnesses or bulbs, which could then result to loss of light. Moreover, the heat can also compromise other important components, including the Power Distribution Center. If this specific component is affected, the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) functions may be compromised as well. This could result in the loss of vehicle control, which increases the risk of crashing.
In 2012, Dodge issued a similar recall, also on 2011 and 2012 model year Chargers. The vehicles were recalled because of the possible overheating of brakes. Chrysler took action because the performance of the ABS and ESC could weaken if the brakes did overheat.
The auto manufacturer was alerted to the problem by the Michigan State Police, which found out about the issue in one of its training vehicles.
Dodge has been contacting affected owners about the recall. The owners can visit their local Dodge dealerships to have their vehicles inspected. The automaker will be shouldering the cost of replacing the headlight jumper harness and bulbs, or even entire headlight assemblies, if such replacement is necessary. The company is currently not aware of accidents and injuries caused by the problem of overheating headlights.
Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) posted the notice for Honda’s recall of its Odysseys last Friday. The Japanese automaker recalled almost 900,000 of its minivans that could potentially catch fire.
Honda issued a recall for Odysseys from model years 2005 through 2010 because these are equipped with a fuel pump component that has the potential to crack and leak, resulting in greater fire risk. The company said that it had conducted an investigation about possible causes of cracks in the fuel pump strainer cover. It included acid chemicals such as those found in car washes, as well as low-pH materials found in fertilizers and dust control products.
The automaker claimed that all the affected vehicles—886,815 in total—were built at its production plant in Lincoln, Alabama. The recalled minivans were manufactured from June 23, 2004 to September 4, 2010. As for the fuel pump modules, these were manufactured in the U.S. by Denso, a Japanese supplier.
Unfortunately for the owners of the recalled Odysseys, the proper repair parts are not yet available. According to Honda, these will be available in the summer. The company will offer ‘interim’ parts to customers until the replacement parts arrive. The owners of the affected vans will be notified starting in April.
Honda said that it has no reports of injuries or fires related to the fuel pump problem.
The Japanese carmaker also issued a recall for the same vehicle last year. It recalled 344,000 Odysseys from 2007 and 2008 model years due to a sensor problem that can result in the van braking on its own. The problem can be fixed with the installation of a new sensor, which would only be available this spring.