Honda CR-V Corrosion Recall: the APA wants to hear from you

April 7th, 2019 [Updated April 10th]

When Honda refuses to fix a recalled CR-V, it gets to decide how much it`s worth
Yvonne Colbert, CBC News - April 8th, 2019

Related article: September 2022: 2006-2014 Corrosion Recall for Ridgeline sees return of Honda buyback program

Honda Canada Recall CRV CorrosionA Rothesay, N.B., woman whose Honda CR-V has been recalled says she`s caught in a battle with the automaker after it refused to repair her vehicle and instead "pressured" her to sell it back for less than she believes it`s worth...

The recall was issued Jan. 17 and affects almost 84,000 CR-Vs sold between 2007 and 2011. Transport Canada said it applies to vehicles originally sold or currently registered in areas of heavy road salt usage, including Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador....

George Iny, director of the Automobile Protection Association, said while some owners are happy with their buyback offers, his organization is hearing from people who are not.

"The buyout offers are all over the map," he said in an interview, calling the calculation process "opaque."

Some offers seem very generous, he said, while in other cases "it would be impossible to find a used CR-V on the market in the condition of the consumer`s vehicle for the money they`re being offered..."



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Honda Canada CRV Recall Corrosion Warranty Buyback Offer to Purchase

`Bully` perception

Iny said there`s a perception that dealers and Honda are "going to bully you to try and get you out of your vehicle." One way they do that, he said, is by giving owners like Landry very little time to make up their minds.

"There`s no legal imperative to ask you to decide to give up your vehicle in a few days. They could give you more time," Iny said.

He also said some customers are not being told the recall provides for a second, more detailed inspection that could result in a more involved and costly repair. Honda, he said, "would prefer to buy your vehicle back instead of paying for repairs and keeping it on the road."

He notes structural repairs are expensive and time consuming, with the potential to overwhelm the dealers that have in-house body shops. Every vehicle can be repaired, he said. The issue is at what cost.

Continue reading on the CBC News website, and listen to the interview below:


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Global News interview: listen below


Honda trying to do the right thing with recall, but can’t stop some flubs - Lorraine Sommerfeld April 10, 2019

...Honda issued a recall on 83,953 CR-Vs sold between 2007 and 2011. Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador were home to the affected vehicles.

“On affected vehicles, one or both rear frame stiffener(s) may become excessively corroded over time. Such excessive corrosion may be more prevalent where a vehicle is regularly operated in regions where road de-icing salt is frequently used during the winter season,” the automaker said in a release.

 “Excessive corrosion to the rear frame may result in frame stiffener perforation and, in extreme cases, cause the rear-trailing arm to separate from the vehicle’s frame structure...”

Honda Canada Recall CRV 2011 CorrosionThe repair is costly and time-consuming; in some cases the recalled vehicles have been on the road for 12 years. Honda is offering owners two options: an offer to buy back your vehicle; or for Honda to do the legally required repair.

At first glance, that’s not a bad offer. The buyback is Honda’s idea, and not required by law. The recall falls under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and Honda is obligated to notify owners and pay for the repair.

The buyback is no doubt the route that Honda hopes those holding the affected vehicles will choose. It contains their costs, gets potentially dangerous cars off the road faster, and might hopefully nudge owners into a new Honda...

The problem? According to George Iny at the Automobile Protection Association (APA), it’s twofold: there is no clear indicator of how Honda Canada is arriving at the offered buyback amounts for these cars, and owners contacting the media and the APA offices are reporting that dealers aren’t being transparent in how they’re handling the issue...

Honda Canada Recall CRV 2007 Corrosion Buyback

George Iny responds, “the recall provides [for] a Level II inspection but consumers report their dealers are not offering the Level II inspection, [nor] the Level II repair which Honda allows up to a month of shop time and administration. My guess is they prefer to avoid the complexity, cost and administration of doing repairs. It’s easier to sell you another Honda.”

Accepting the buyback is an option, but in some cases, it is apparently being presented as the only one. While some owners are pleased to accept the buyback amount, they are the owners not contacting people like George Iny...

If you want your CR-V fixed, they have to fix it. If you’re being offered a buyback, you deserve to know how the figure is being arrived at...

Honda is smart to get these vehicles off the road instead of facing lengthy, expensive repairs. But Iny points out that the buyback is good for Honda in another way, too: those holding the cheque are likely to spend it on another Honda.

Continue reading on the website.


Related article: September 2022: 2006-2014 Corrosion Recall for Ridgeline sees return of Honda buyback program