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Honda Pilot recall 12V136000

Low Beam Headlights May Fail
Electrical & Lights, March 29, 2012

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The low beam headlights may become inoperative due to a failed electrical connector at the headlight switch.


Honda will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning April 24, 2012. If you are experiencing problems with the low beam headlights, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.


The electrical terminal for the low beam headlights may wear in the electrical connecter at the combination headlight switch. This can cause increased electrical resistance and melting of the terminal ends within the wiring harness connector. Failure of the electrical connector can cause the low beam headlights to become inoperative, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will repair the damaged terminal harness or replace the combination lighting switch as necessary to correct this concern. The Honda recall number is S34.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2003

Mfr's Report Date:
March 29, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V136000

NHTSA Action Number: EA11012

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS:SWITCH

Potential Number of Units Affected: 554428

Summary: HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002-2004 CR-V AND MODEL YEAR 2003 PILOT VEHICLES. DUE TO TENSION FROM THE COMBINATION SWITCH WIRING HARNESS, WEAR ON THE SURFACE OF THE ELECTRICAL TERMINAL CAN OCCUR, YIELDING COPPER OXIDE, WHICH INCREASES ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE. INCREASED ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE MAY CAUSE THE TERMINAL ENDS TO MELT WITHIN THE WIRING HARNESS CONNECTOR.

Consequence: IF THIS OCCURS, THE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS MAY BECOME INOPERATIVE, REDUCING DRIVER VISIBILITY AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy: HONDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE LOW BEAM TERMINAL HARNESS OR REPLACE THE LIGHTING SWITCH AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT APRIL 24, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-999-1009.

Notes: HONDA'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS S34. CUSTOMERS MAY 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.

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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