Nearly 120,000 Honda off-road vehicles are being recalled due to a defect in the steering assembly, which could cause drivers to unexpectedly lose control, creating a crash and injury risk.
The Honda Pioneer recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on December 3, following at least eight consumer complaints that the steering on the recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) became lose, including instances where operators lost complete control of the steering.
According to a press release issued by Honda, the side-by-side vehicles contain a Lower Steering Joint B which may be defective and diminish steering control under certain circumstances.
The manufacturer is instructing customers to stop using the recalled ROV immediately to prevent serious and potentially fatal crashes that may occur if there is a loss of steering control.
The recall includes approximately 118,600 vehicles from the model years 2017 through 2019, and certain 2020 Honda Pioneer 700 models, as well as 2016 through 2019 and certain 2020 Pioneer 1000 Side-by-Side vehicles equipped with Electric Power Steering (EPS).
The impacted vehicles were sold in several colors, including red, blue, green, gray, and yellow and have the brand name Honda printed on the front, side and rear of the vehicle. Model numbers 700 or 1000 are also printed on each side of the vehicles.
The vehicles were manufactured in the United States by American Honda Motor Company of Torrance, California. They were sold at authorized Honda Powersports dealers nationwide from August 2015 through March 2020 for between $10,000 and $21,000.
Honda announced it will be contacting all known purchasers directly with instructions to stop using the vehicles immediately, and how to schedule a free repair appointment at their local Honda dealer. Dealers will be instructed to inspect, and if necessary, replace Lower Steering Joint B.
Customers with additional questions are encouraged to contact American Honda toll-free at 866-784-1870 and reference the recall number 21-711.