Honda Recall Affects 321,000 Vehicles Worldwide

Honda is recalling more than 321,000 cars and small SUVs around the world Thursday because the doors will not close, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

The recall affects 7,300 2013 Acura ILX small luxury cars and about 314,000 2012 CR-V small SUVs. In the U.S., 166,600 CR-Vs and more than 6,200 ILXs will be included in the Honda recall.

Honda says if the the power or manual door locks are used at the same time as the inside driver or passenger door handles, the inner door latch may not work, which may cause a door may not to latch. The door could also latch and open when the locks are used. No crashes or injuries have been reported.

The Honda recall is the second vehicle recall in a week. On July 18, Ford recalled the Escape because of a fire risk. The company told its dealers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that Escape owners would get “special handling.” This is the second 2013 Ford Escape recall this month. The first recall was due to improperly installed carpet padding which could interfere with braking, and affected 8,266 Escapes.

Ford traced the problem to an engine compartment fuel line that might have been damaged during the manufacturing process. The NHTSA said if a fuel leak happens in the presence of an ignition source, there is an increased risk of a fire and/or personal injury.

Ford also told its dealers to deliver a comparable rental vehicle to 2013 Ford Escape owners, and to top off the fuel tank prior to returning the vehicle to its owner. Ford will provide reimbursement to dealers for rental vehicle costs of $36 per day, plus tax and insurance, for up to 10 days on each rental vehicle.

So far, there is no official date for when the Honda recall will begin, but Honda owners should get a letter from the company starting in mid-August, and the company says dealers will inspect the cars and fix them if needed at no cost.