Honda to Replace Defective HR-V Backlites

Honda issued a “voluntary product update campaign” to address the more than 300 instances of spontaneously shattering backlites in the 2023 HR-V subcompact SUV models.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) database of complaints cites 300 such claims, one as recent as January 21. The problem first surfaced early in 2023 and continued into 2024.

Honda says the issue involves a rear defroster. The sealer used to secure the rear backlite may come into contact with the heating elements of the defroster. That contact creates a “hot spot,” causing the glass to expand faster than the rest of the backlite, leading to sudden shattering.

The problem often occurs on cold mornings when the owner uses the vehicle’s remote start feature.

Honda insists that the “voluntary product update campaign” is not a recall and that it is working with NHTSA to correct the manufacturing problem nationwide. However, the regulator may, at some point, order Honda to issue a nationwide recall.

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