Honda Recalls 232,000 US Accords, Insights to Fix Rear Camera

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Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE: HMC) and its American subsidiary are recalling every model year 2018 Accord sedan and model year 2019 Insight hybrid sedan manufactured and sold in the United States. The parent company is also recalling 14,000 cars sold in Canada, more than 6,000 sold in Germany and nearly 3,000 sold in South Korea.

Other than one Accord built on September 4 that slipped out into the wild, all were manufactured between November 16, 2016, and August 23, 2018. The Insight hybrid sedans were built between October 24, 2017, and August 22, 2018. According to Honda, more than 225,000 Accords and 6,255 Insights are affected by this recall.

The recall is being implemented to install a software update to correct a problem with the rearview camera and in-car display. Here’s what Honda told the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration:

Due to inappropriate software programming, the center display assembly that normally displays the rearview image may not provide the rearview image during backing events following certain usage scenarios.

In other words, the camera is sometimes useless. As of September 6, Honda has received 137 warranty claims and 11 field reports related to the defect. The company has received no reports of crashes or injuries related to the problem.

Vehicle owners will be notified beginning November 5 to bring their cars to the dealer for a free software upgrade. The upgrade is expected to take about 20 minutes.

In another recall announced yesterday, General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) said it is recalling about 53,500 model year 2014 through 2016 Cadillac CTS sedans to repair a flawed front seat heater. The cars were built between June 10, 2013, and July 1, 2016. Newer models use a new heating system.

If the car is started remotely, the seat heater may come on automatically. If the heating unit is damaged it could overheat, increasing the risk of fire. The company did not say when it would begin notifying owners. The defect will be repaired by disabling automatic activation of the heated seat function when the car is started remotely.