Honda Recalls Odyssey Minivan for Bad Windshield Wipers

The frozen wiper problem first appeared in Canada.

Honda is recalling 33,341 model-year 2011 Odyssey vehicles in the U.S. to replace the front windshield wiper linkage rod. If the windshield wipers are frozen to the windshield with heavy ice and the wipers are turned on without freeing them from the windshield, the wiper linkage rod may be bent.

A bent wiper linkage rod may prevent normal operation of the front wipers, inhibiting the driver’s forward view in inclement weather. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this defect.

Notification to Honda Odyssey customers will begin in mid-April 2011.
In addition to contacting customers by mail, in mid-April, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.

The latest Honda recall follows a recalls this year on Honda Civic Hybrid models for electrical problems and other civics for fuel pumps earlier this month; on Honda Fit models for engine stalling in February; as well as one in January on thousands of 2010 Honda Accord cars and CR-V sport utility vehicles, which can also suddenly stall, increasing the potential for accidents.

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