This February 14, 2019 file photo shows the Honda logo at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)
DETROIT (AP) — Honda is recalling nearly 564,000 older small SUVs because road salt can cause frame rust and rear suspension parts to separate.
The recall covers certain 2007 through 2011 CR-Vs that were sold or registered in states where salt is used to clean roads in winter.
US safety regulators say in documents released Thursday that salt can build up and cause corrosion, and the trailing arm can break off. This can cause drivers to lose control, increasing the risk of an accident. Rear trailing arms connect the rear axle to the chassis.
Towed or registered CR-Vs have been sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, DC
Dealers will inspect the SUV and install a strut or repair the rear tire if necessary. If the tire is badly damaged, Honda may offer to buy the vehicle. Owners will be notified by letter starting May 8th.
CR-Vs have already been recalled in Canada. Honda says in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it has 61 customer complaints in the United States but no deaths or injuries.
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