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Honda recalls 232k Accords, Insights over faulty rear-view camera

by Ronan Glon

Honda needs to reprogram the display unit's software.

Honda has issued a recall that applies to the 2018 Accord and the 2019 Insight.

In a letter sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Japanese firm explained both cars suffer from a software glitch that prevents the rear-view camera's screen from displaying images properly. Honda noted the issue only happens in certain scenarios but it didn't specify which ones.

Customers risk getting into an accident if they can't view footage of what's behind their car on their dashboard, Honda pointed out, though it stressed it's not aware of any accidents or injuries linked to the defect. And, because rear-view cameras are mandatory on all new cars as of May 2018, the problem makes the cars non-compliant with federal regulations.

Owners of affected cars will need to visit the nearest dealer, where a technician will reprogram the display audio unit software free of charge. It's a fairly quick repair.

Honda notes 232,140 cars in the United States are affected by this problem. It will get in touch with owners in the coming weeks and it plans to begin the recall campaign on November 5, 2018. Customers who want to know whether their car is affected can call the company's customer service department.

The recall extends outside of the United States. The reports Honda is recalling 14,000 cars in Canada, about 6,000 in Germany, and roughly 3,000 in South Korea to fix the same software glitch.