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Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year CR-V compact crossovers and 2013 model year Acura ILX small luxury sedans to fix faulty door locks.

A notice in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potentially affected vehicles at 172,837. Documentation from Honda (PDF) shows the breakdown as 166,609 CR-Vs and 6,228 2013 Acura ILX sedans.

2012 Honda CR-V
Affected vehicles were manufactured as follows:

2012 Honda CR-V 2WD – October 17, 2011 through April 27, 2012
2012 Honda CR-V 4WD – February 7, 2011 through May 8, 2012
2012 Honda CR-V 2WD - November 15, 2011 through June 15, 2012
2012 Honda CR-V 4WD – June 23, 2011 through June 15, 2012
2012 Honda CR-V 2WD – November 10, 2011 through June 18, 2012
2012 Honda CR-V 4WD – October 11, 2011 through June 19, 2012
2013 Acura ILX – April 9, 2012 through June 15, 2012
2012 Acura ILX – April 11, 2012 through June 14, 2012
2013 Acura ILX Hybrid – April 16, 2012 through June 15, 2012

2013 Acura ILX 2.0L
The problem

According to the NHTSA bulletin and Honda:”If the manual or power door lock is activated while an interior front door handle is operated by an occupant, the cable connecting the interior door handle to the door latch mechanism may become loose and move out of position. There is a possibility that the cable can move far enough out of position to prevent the door from properly latching.”

The potential consequence of a not fully-latched door is that it could open while driving or during a crash. This increases personal injury risk to occupants of the vehicle.

Honda discovered the problem in late December 2011. Following a thorough investigation, Honda implemented two successive design changes to remedy the problem and decided to conduct a safety recall on July 12, 2012.

To-date, Honda said it has received eight claims of an unlatched front door on 2012 Honda CR-Vs and no claims on 2013 Acura ILX sedans. No reports of any injuries or deaths related to the front door latch problem have been received.

What Honda will do

Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the front door latch assemblies of all affected Honda CR-V and Acura ILX vehicles, free of charge. In addition, according to Honda documentation, the front door handles of all affected 2012 Honda CR-Vs produced prior to the implementation of the first design change will be replaced, also at no charge to owners.

The Honda safety recall is expected to begin on or about August 16, 2012. In the meantime, owners of affected 2012 Honda CR-Vs and 2013 Acura ILX sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s safety recall campaign numbers are S45, S46 and S47.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to Home | Safercar -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V338000.

2012 Honda CR-V, 2013 Acura ILX Recalled For Door Latch Problem
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