The Honda Element is being recalled for a wiring issue, the NHTSA says. New Volvo XC70s and Honda Ridgelines are also subject to minor recalls.
The Problem: The wire that supplies power to the trailer turn signals in models equipped with an accessory hitch trailer was accidentally switched with the stop lamp wire during assembly. This means that turn signals are illuminated only when the brakes are applied, which could increase the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Honda will begin notifying owners on September 20, and will repair affected vehicles for free. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
The Problem: A software bug will cause the "TPMS Service Required" light to come on after 15 minutes of driving above 25 mph, and the TPMS won't be able to warn a driver if a tire is underinflated.
The Fix: Volvo will reprogram the TPMS system in affected vehicles for free at dealerships. It's unknown when Volvo will begin sending out notifications, but owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: About 300 S80 sedans and XC70 SUVs.
The Problem: A passenger airbag indicator may have been installed incorrectly in certain models. If the airbag status indicator doesn't work properly, vehicle occupants may not be aware that the front passenger airbag is deactivated and will not deploy. This could increase the risk of injury to passenger passenger who may have sat elsewhere had the correct indicator been provided. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
The Fix: Honda will replace the passenger airbag indicator for free at dealerships. Notifications will be sent out beginning on or about September 21.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 17 Ridgelines manufactured on April 18, 2012.