Honda to Recall More Than 33,000 2011 Odysseys
for Windshield Wiper Defect
March 18, 2011
|2011 Honda Odyssey
Honda has announced that is in the process of recalling the 2011
Honda Odyssey due to a problem with the vehicle's windshield wipers.
The recall potentially could affect 33,341 vehicles.
According the notice provided to the National Highway Transportation
Safety Administration (NHTSA), if the blades freeze and become attached
to the windshield and the wiper motor is switched on, "the
front windshield wiper linkage rods may bend or separate from the
motor due to insufficient stiffness of the rod."
This could cause the windshield wipers to become inoperable, according
Honda dealers will replace the windshield wiper rod free of charge,
and the official recall is scheduled to begin on or before April
The vehicles in question were manufactured between August 17, 2010,
and December 20, 2010. The company received the first report of
an inoperative windshield wiper in Canada on November 14, 2010,
a second claim from a U.S. customer came to the company on November
17. The company launched an investigation on November 18, and confirmed
on December 14 that "the bending rigidity of the rod was insufficicent."
Shortly after Honda decided to change the specification of the rod,
but as of February 22, 2011, a total of 129 warranty claims were
received in North America, "mainly cold weather areas, that
are attributed to this cause."
The company determined on March 8 that a safety-related defect
exists and decided to conduct a recall, according to the notification
sent to NHTSA by Honda on March 15.
Honda plans to notify all customers and will ask them to take their
vehicles to a local dealership to replace the front windshield wiper
rod free of charge.
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