Honda to Issue Second Recall Involving 2011
Honda Odyssey; Latest Recall Involves Front Sidelites, Alleged Use
of Incorrect Primer
March 28, 2011
|2011 Honda Odyssey
Honda announced just a little more than a week ago that it has
plans to recall its 2011 Honda Odyssey for a windshield
wiper defect, and now the company has announced that it will
conduct a second recall of the Odyssey for a potential defect in
certain models' front sidelites, resulting from the alleged use
of an incorrect primer.
The recall potentially could affect 2,800 vehicles manufactured
between October 19 and October 27, 2010. The front sidelite assembly
was manufactured by Pilkington North America.
In a March 21 letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), Honda senior manager Jay Joseph describes the defect as
"Due to application of the incorrect primer fluid to the driver
and front passenger door power window glass, the holding clips that
attach to the glass by means of adhesive may separate from the glass,"
writes Joseph. "If the holding clips fail to adhere to the
glass, the driver and front passenger power windows will be unable
to operate, and could bind or drop into the front doors. It is possible
for the front side windows to shatter into the passenger cabin,
causing a risk of injury to the vehicle occupants."
Honda first received a "warranty claim" due to the issue
on December 2, and began investigating. On December 22, company
officials say they "confirmed the incorrect glass primer had
Pilkington North America implemented "preventative measures
on [the] production line]" on January 3, according to the information
from Honda. However, as of March 8, Honda had received a total of
97 warranty claims-and decided on March 17 that a safety-related
Honda plans to begin notifying vehicle owners on April 15, and
its dealers "will replace either the passenger's and/or the
driver's front door window glass, free of charge." Notifications
are expected to be complete by May 5.
Pilkington officials had not responded to requests for comment
at press time.
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