by LORRAINE SOMMERFELD | Driving.ca

On January 17 of this year, Honda issued a recall on 83,953 CR-Vs sold between 2007 and 2011.

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador were home to the affected vehicles.

The heavy use of road salt in those regions has led to corrosion issues.

“On affected vehicles, one or both rear frame stiffener(s) may become excessively corroded over time. Such excessive corrosion may be more prevalent where a vehicle is regularly operated in regions where road de-icing salt is frequently used during the winter season,” the automaker said in a release.

“Excessive corrosion to the rear frame may result in frame stiffener perforation and, in extreme cases, cause the rear-trailing arm to separate from the vehicle’s frame structure.”

Honda Canada has been succinct in what the problem is. What is less clear is how it is arriving at a solution. Frame corrosion is a structural issue, and it’s therefore not as easy as just swapping out a faulty part for a good one.

The repair is costly and time-consuming; in some cases the recalled vehicles have been on the road for 12 years. Honda is offering owners two options: an offer to buy back your vehicle; or for Honda to do the legally required repair.

At first glance, that’s not a bad offer. The buyback is Honda’s idea, and not required by law. The recall falls under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and Honda is obligated to notify owners and pay for the repair.

The buyback is no doubt the route that Honda hopes those holding the affected vehicles will choose. It contains their costs, gets potentially dangerous cars off the road faster, and might hopefully nudge owners into a new Honda.

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