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Honda Element Recall 05E035000

Trailer Lights May Not Work Correctly

Body, Interior & Misc., May 17, 2005

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

A problem with the optional trailer hitch kit may cause the trailer lights to work incorrectly, or blow a fuse. If the trailer lights signal incorrectly or do not function, a crash could occur without warning.

What Should You Do?

Please contact your Honda dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

 

Summary:

The optional trailer hitch kit may have an incorrectly wired connecter, which may cause the trailer lights to work incorrectly, or blow a fuse. If the trailer lights signal incorrectly or do not function, a crash could occur without warning. Dealers will correct the connector wiring free of charge. The recall began May 17, 2005.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2005

Manufacturer's Report Date: May 17, 2005

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05E035000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,967

Summary: CERTAIN HONDA ACCESSORY TRAILER HARNESS KIT, P/N 08L91-SCV-102, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 24 AND DECEMBER 18, 2004, SOLD FOR USE ON MY 2005 HONDA ELEMENT VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN DECEMBER 20, 2004, AND APRIL 29, 2005. THE WIRE HARNESS OF THE TRAILER HITCH KIT HAS AN INCORRECTLY WIRED CONNECTOR. AS A RESULT, THE TRAILER BRAKE LAMPS AND TURN SIGNAL LAMPS COULD OPERATE INCORRECTLY, OR A FUSE COULD BLOW CAUSING A SUDDEN LOSS OF BRAKE AND TURN SIGNAL LAMP FUNCTION.

Consequence: IMPROPER SIGNALING OR A LOSS OF TRAILER WARNING LAMP FUNCTION WITHOUT WARNING COULD CAUSE A VEHICLE CRASH, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN INJURIES.

Remedy: HONDA WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND INSTRUCT THEM TO BRING THEIR VEHICLE TO A HONDA DEALER. THE DEALER WILL CORRECT THE CONNECTOR WIRING FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 17, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 310-783-2000.

Notes: CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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