Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has a well-earned reputation for reliable cars that last and last. While nothing that has happened in the last few years has completely destroyed that reputation, there are cracks in the castle walls. Another crack appeared this week. According to Car and Driver, Honda announced a recall of almost a quarter million 2018 Accords and Insight hybrids for inept software that has been shown to disable the car’s backup camera. This according to recent filings with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (aka the NHTSA).
This recall affects 2018 Accord sedans (all of them) built from the beginning of the model year through August 23, and every 2019 Insight sedan built in the same time frame, minus one day. When the transmission is in reverse mode, the infotainment display can go black and/or only show the guidance lines rather than the image. So far, no injuries or accidents have been confirmed. The unsold cars remaining under dealership control should be updated by now. Dealers received new software by Oct. 1.
The Honda Insight is a new hybrid, introduced for the current year. It’s built on the Civic sedan wheelbase. This marks the first announced recall of the Insight.
Honda says it received at least 138 warranty claims, along with 11 field office reports about the problem. The company claims it initially discovered the camera issue in November of last year and identified it as hardware related. By this July, Honda confirmed the problem was software-related and that the software vendor was Panasonic.
Beginning next month, dealers intend to insert a USB into the computer input under the das, updating the infotainment software. That will also correct other known issues. These include the heads-up display failing to show the compass and turn-by-turn directional guidance.
Honda is also continuing the multi-year recall struggle having to do with Takata airbags. In April 2018, Honda recalled nearly 6,000 Acura MDX’s and Pilots for faulty riveting that could cause instability in the front seats.
Last year was a particularly hard year for Honda, which recalled over a million previous-gen Accord coupes and sedans for electrical short-out problems that can start fires inside the hood.