Safety Hazard Leads To Honda Recalling Over 117,000 Ridgelines

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It's not the first time that the pickup has been recalled, either.

The Honda Ridgeline is a popular midsize truck that competes with the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma, but it has been affected by another recall, this time for a backup camera malady. This Japanese pickup truck has been recalled for everything from loose hoods flying open on the current model to fuel tanks dropping out from underneath the vehicle for the first-generation version. After years of complaints being lodged by owners of Ridgeline trucks produced between 2015 and 2019, Honda has finally issued a recall for a backup camera issue. The backup cameras on these trucks seem to fail just after the warranty period ends, which isn't terribly convenient.

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The NHTSA's official summary of the issue states that "opening and closing the tailgate may break the rearview camera wiring harness, causing the rearview camera to fail." The recall affects a grand total of 117,445 Honda Ridgeline trucks built between October 29, 2015, and June 1, 2019.

This issue is quite serious, as backup cameras are required by law, and the lack of rearview visibility, especially on trucks, can cause serious injury to pedestrians and potential accident damage to the truck itself. Honda has stated that the cause of the issue is the camera's wire harness's corrugated tubing. This tubing was designed to guide and protect wires from stress whenever the tailgate opens and closes. According to Honda, in seven percent of cases, insufficient tubing was used to protect the wiring harness.

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The NHTSA and the U.S. The Department of Transportation's Office of Defects Investigations website has been aware of the issue for a while now, with over 40 customers writing to the office of defects complaining about the camera issue. The Department of Transportation's Office of Defects noted that "most of the complaints show the failure occurring just after the warranty mileage is exceeded."

An official evaluation was launched in February, but Honda has been aware of the issue since 2018. The manufacturer says it implemented improved manufacturing methods in June of 2019, more than four years after the issue began. The official recall will commence on 16 January 2023. Affected owners will be asked to visit a dealership, where a technician will replace the wiring harness with a new and improved one. Those who fixed the issue themselves can expect reimbursement.

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