Software Glitch Leads to Recall of 230,000 Accords, Insights
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.
Chrishs2000 on Oct 01, 2018
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...
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