Winter weather road conditions are causing problems for Honda Passport SUVs, resulting in the company's need to recall more than 40,000 of the vehicles.
Honda announced the recall of approximately 40,984 Honda Passport SUVs on Friday, saying suspension brackets on the SUV might "fall off the frame of the vehicle after extensive contact with large quantities of road salt" and cause a car accident , according to news reports .
The Honda Passports through the model years 1998 to 2002 are affected by the recall. The recall is more pertinent among consumers living in states where salt is sprinkled on the roads for de-icing purposes.
Those "salt belt" states include: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.
Several consumers have reported incidents related to this recall from the suspension bracket failure, but no injuries or deaths have occurred, according to Honda.
As a North Charleston car accident attorney, , I urge consumers in South Carolina to pay attention to this problem, even though the vehicles in the state are not affected by this recall. This recall could potentially be expanded in the future and it's important to know about this safety problem with your vehicle.
Passport owners in the affected states are urged to get in touch with their local Honda dealership or visit the automaker's website for further instructions.