Honda is recalling around 118,600 Pioneer 700 and 100 recreational off-road vehicles (ROVs) from the 2016-2020 model years after discovering a potentially dangerous steering defect. The car manufacturer has received several reports of the rugged off-roaders suffering a loss or delay in steering control. According to an alert posted by the Consumer Product Safety Comission, there have not yet been any accidents or injuries. But the issue, believed to be caused by a lower steering joint, causes an increased risk of crash and injury.
Dangerous Steering Recall Details
This recall includes 2017-2019 and certain 2020 model-year Honda Pioneer 700 vehicles.
The recall also includes the 2016-2019 and certain 2020 model-year Honda Pioneer 1000 side-by-side vehicles with Electric Power Steering. They were sold by Honda Powersports dealers nationwide from August 2015 to March 2020 for about $10,000 to $21,000.
Honda is urging consumers to stop using the recalled vehicles and to contact an authorized Honda Powersports dealer to schedule an appointment for a free inspection and repair, if necessary. When the recall begins, Honda dealers will inspect the vehicle for a potentially dangerous steering defect that can cause the vehicle to lose steering control, increasing the risk of a crash or injury. Those with further questions can call American Honda toll-free at 1-866-784-1870.
This is not the first time this year that Honda has recalled these types of vehicles. In June, Honda recalled 2019 and 2020 model year Honda Pioneer 1000 and Talon 1000 side-by-side vehicles. These ROVs were recalled because they could move or roll when in the “park” position posing crash and injury hazards.
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured by the ROVs involved in recent recalls, due to the dangerous steering issue or any other problems, you may wish to choose a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. If you have been injured by a defective product, such as these Honda off-road vehicles, it is important that you document the accident and your injuries. Take pictures of the accident scene, of the ROV, the conditions and location of the accident, your injuries, and damage caused by the crash. If someone else witnessed your crash, make sure you obtain his or her contact information. Be sure to go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and record the incident.
It is important to remember that if a defective product has caused your injuries, you have the right to file a lawsuit, whether or not a product has been recalled. In no way do recalls absolve companies from liability when their product injures consumers. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to give you more information about pursuing your rights.