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Honda has issued a recall for 2011 Accord coupe and sedan, as well as Pilot SUV models regarding the front suspension assembly.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the problem stems from two areas – firstly, improperly tightened bolts where the front struts attach to the suspension and secondly, loose spindle nuts that could cause a loss of steering and potentially, the front suspension to collapse.
The problem is being blamed on faulty calibrations on machinery used to torque the bolts at the factory. In total 10,823 Accords and Pilots are affected by the recall and notified owners are urged to contact their local Honda dealer as soon as possible, who will inspect the affected parts and fix the problem free of charge (notifications were sent out beginning on December 23 2010).
This recall comes on the heels of another one affecting the 2011 Accord and also the CR-V (Pilot’s smaller brother), where engine oil leaks are being attributed to improper block casting.
The biggest changes are fuel economy related, with four-cylinder automatic transmission models now returning 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, bumps of 2 and 3 mpg respectively. V6 coupes with the automatic transmission get paddle shifters, and EX models get USB audio inputs and backup cameras on models equipped with navigation.
While recent Honda products have come under fire for having “lost their way”, the Accord has managed to weather the storm and deliver a quality product. However the Sonata threatens to unseat it by delivering an equally good package at a much lower price. The new upgrades should help the Accord withstand the product onslaught from the Koreans and Americans as well.
Gallery: 2011 Honda Accord
Hit the jump to see the official press release