Honda Recall to Update Instrument & Backup Displays

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Honda has announced two software-related recalls that involve the current Passport and Pilot SUVs and the Odyssey minivan.

The first recall involves the software that controls the backup camera display on 607,784 vehicles. The automaker says the display may be delayed or fail to show when the vehicle is put in Reverse, increasing the risk of a crash. Documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that incorrect programming may cause several errors to occur. Consequently, these vehicles fail to comply with federal safety standards.

The other recall of 499,342 vehicles is to address concerns with the instrument panel software. Incorrect software can mean the panel will fail to display key information, such as engine oil pressure, speedometer, and gear selector position, until the vehicle is turned off and restarted.

The vehicles and model years are common to both recalls, with the exception of the 2018 Honda Odyssey. It is subject only to the speedometer-related recall.

With both recalls, Honda dealerships will update the appropriate software at no cost.

Honda will mail notifications to owners in late September 2020, and it encourages owners to have repairs performed as soon as they can.

The automaker said in a statement that there are no reported crashes or injuries related to these recalls.

The Details

Vehicles Recalled
• 2018 Honda Odyssey (instrument panel recall only)
• 2019 to 2020 Honda Odyssey
• 2019 to 2020 Honda Passport
• 2019 to 2021 Honda Pilot

The problems: Software can cause the backup camera and critical vehicle information to not display.

The fixes: Dealerships will update the software for the instrument panel control module. Owners can update the central network software to address the backup camera problem, following instructions in the recall notification, or have a dealership perform this task.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Honda customer service at 888-234-2138.

NHTSA campaign numbers: 20V440000 (camera) and 20V439000 (instrument panel). Honda’s number for the camera recall is Y7Y, and the number for the instrument panel recall is T89.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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