By on September 30, 2018

2018 Accord Sport 2.0-Liter Turbo - Image: Honda

Honda Motor Co. is recalling roughly 232,000 Accord and Insight models in the United States over a software glitch that may cause the rear-camera display to malfunction. While the number of recalled units is noteworthy, the severity of the issue is largely dependent upon how careful of a driver you are.

According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, certain 2018 Accords and 2019 Insight hybrids have center displays that may not function properly when asked to access the reverse camera. The NHTSA report specified that some Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims of the Accord suffered from other potential software malfunctions. 

While the worst of these issues involved the display screen only showing guidance lines with the transmission in reverse, there was also a chance of it shutting down completely when shifted from reverse to park. Likewise, the navigation app had a propensity to crash whenever a reroute was necessary and the heads up display failed to incorporate turn-by-turn direction or even the on-board compass.

None of this is likely to endanger your life or make your vehicle unusable. But it would be nice to be able to trust the instrumentation of your automobile, especially if you had to pay extra for some of it. And, as big of a crutch as reverse cameras may be, we want drivers to be able to use it in an era where outward visibility continues to dwindle.

The NHTSA is inclined to agree, as it noted that the Honda’s failed to comply with Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 111, which deals with rearward visibility. As such, the manufacturer is recalling 232,000 units in the United States, as well as 14,000 vehicles in Canada, over 6,000 in Germany, and more in Asia.

Honda will notify owners sometime in early November. Dealers will reprogram the display auto unit software at no cost to the customer. No incidents stemming from the software glitch have been reported.

[Image: Honda]

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18 Comments on “Software Glitch Leads to Recall of 230,000 Accords, Insights...”


  • avatar
    ernest

    Still waiting for my first Camry recall. Gonna be a long wait- traded it for a Highlander last weekend.

    • 0 avatar
      Peter Gazis

      My Regal hasn’t had a recall either, and it makes your Camry look like a low end outdated crap box.

      • 0 avatar
        ernest

        I’m sure it does- I like Regals. But it wasn’t $20K OTD either, and I’d guess you’ll take more than a $3K depreciation hit after three years and 29K miles.

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          The 2017 outgoing Regal model was in fact $19,999 on autotrader last year. The Buick wouldn’t suffer from a choppy ride, wind noise around each A-pillar, trim flashing on almost every interior plastic piece like the inlaws 2012 Camry.

          • 0 avatar
            ernest

            ’12’s were terrible. We had a ’16 SE after the refresh. Much better trim, quieter, etc. I should add, wife’s car. The best part of the Highlander deal is I didn’t trade my Charger. (grins)

        • 0 avatar
          Peter Gazis

          Ernest

          After 50,000 miles my 2016 AWD Regal GS has been completely trouble free. Still fun to drive, and it conects very well with my phone. Why would I want to get rid of it?
          You should be asking, why do so many Toyota drivers get rid of their vehicles with so few miles on them.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    So if you can’t check all three mirrors, turn your head and take another look, can’t use a phone app or read an old-fashioned paper map; why this recall is for you!!! This in no way affects drive-ability.

  • avatar
    wdburt1

    No one who follows software can be surprised that the software included in our automobiles fails now and then.

    So why are the manufacturers now selling tech baubles rather than better design?

    I’ll concede in advance–the backup camera is useful. Can’t say the same for much of the other tech on the new Accord, which I recently drove despite the loaner car’s attempts to drive for me.

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    I’m sure Honda’s managers were of one accord when it came to having the insight to do their civic duty.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Nice work.

      • 0 avatar
        PeriSoft

        ‘Highlander’, ‘Crosstour’, and ‘CR-V’ were a bridge too far. I missed out on ‘Fit’, ‘Clarity’, ‘Pilot’ and ‘Odyssey’, though, which should have been doable. “Honda’s managers were of one accord through a boardroom odyssey as they piloted their way to clarity and saw fit to do their civic duty”. There.

  • avatar
    MBella

    Oh the humanity.

  • avatar
    chrishs2000

    This is the dumbest recall ever. But it’s gotta be basically free for Honda. I wonder why they couldn’t update it wirelessly like other system software updates?? I am thinking that they could have, but NHTSA doesn’t allow them to.

    My ‘18 Sport 2.0T 6MT has done this glitch maybe twice in 15k miles. Put in neutral, put back in reverse…oh the horror…

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      I guess the problem is since reverse cams are now a federal requirement if they aren’t working then its a safety recall. Like air bags or seats belts. My ‘Vette has the same issue but I’ve yet to hear of any recall related to it. Every now and then when I put it in reverse I get nothing on the screen. What is worrisome is a physical switch is involved (I assume), IE: you select reverse and the backup lights come on, with no software required. Thus the screen should function the same way – it should be hardwired to change video inputs when voltage is applied (via tried and true automotive relays).

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Imagine the cost savings if they could push Over-The-Air updates, like TSLA. Now they have to bring in 230k cars one by one.

    • 0 avatar
      chrishs2000

      200k of which will likely have owners intelligent enough to combine it with a service which they were going to have done anyway. I doubt the cost is much, if anything. Honda will probably pay out 0.1 labor hours to perform the recall.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        Service? You make a good point.

        But I do my own car work, no matter how many ‘free’ oil changes they offer me. I haven’t had a dealer perform routine service on a car ever, unless you consider tire mounting at the Nissan dealer for my former Leaf, because I didn’t expect the local tire shop to even know how to drive it.

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