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New Honda CR-V Recalled Because Subframe Can Separate Causing Loss Of Control

The new 2019-2020 Honda CR-V gets another recall. See what’s up with the SUV’s subframe.

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Honda has recalled some 2019-2020 CR-V compact SUVs for a rear Subframe separation that could reduce the vehicle’s handling and can suddenly disable the vehicle increasing the risk of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says they estimate 358 new CR-V models are affected.

American Honda says the rear subframe bolts were improperly manufactured and may loosen, allowing the rear subframe to separate. Honda identified 356 2019 CR-V models that were manufactured between 10-18-2019 through 10-25-2019 and two 2020 CR-V models manufactured on 10-23-2019.

2019-2020 Honda CR-V recall over faulty subrame bolts2020 Honda CR-V

What caused the defect?

Improperly manufactured bolts that were not treated with a wax solution were used to secure the rear subframe to the vehicle. Bolts without the wax solution cannot achieve the targeted clamp load to properly secure the rear subframe. Over time, the rear subframe bolts could become unseated and allow for rear subframe separation. A separated rear subframe reduces vehicle handling and may disable the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Other CR-V recalls

The 2019 Honda CR-V was also recalled in September for a faulty fuel tank weld that could fail. The NHTSA says if the weld fails it could allow fuel to leak, increasing the risk of fire in the presence of an ignition source.

2019-2020 Honda CR-V recall over faulty subrame bolts could cause loss of control2019 Honda CR-V

In October, Honda recalled 336,468 2019 CR-V’s over the owner's manual provided incorrect information about when the "Passenger Airbag Off" indicator should illuminate. All Honda CR-V owners needed to do is take their vehicle’s owner's manual into a Honda dealer, and they would be given a sticker to put in the SUV’s owner's manual. Problem solved.

Honda will notify the 2019-2020 CR-V owners and will be asked to take their vehicle to a Honda dealer. If the front bolts on the rear subframe are torqued to specification, the front bolts on the rear subframe will be replaced and the rear bolts on the rear subframe will be torqued to specification, for free. If the front bolts on the rear subframe are not torqued to specification or are missing, then all rear subframe bolts will be replaced for free.

The recall is expected to begin on January 17, 2020. 2019-2020 Honda CR-V owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is R6M.

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Denis Flierl has invested nearly 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our TN Honda page and be sure to follow Denis on FacebookTwitterInstagram. Check back tomorrow for more Honda news and updates.

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