Honda CR-V Headlight Probe Gets Expanded by U.S. Regulator

A probe into Honda Motor Co.’s CR-V headlights that may stop working has been upgraded to an engineering analysis by U.S. auto-safety regulators, a step that may lead to a recall.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today on its website that it is expanding the investigation into about 288,000 CR-Vs from model years 2002 to 2004.

Honda, based in Tokyo, had told the regulator that low-beam headlights on CR-Vs may stop working, both at the same time, requiring replacement of the headlight switch and harness connector after they were damaged by overheating.

“Honda has cooperated with NHTSA and will continue to do so until this matter is resolved,” Chris Martin, a U.S.-based spokesman for Honda, said in an e-mail. “Honda is also continuing to analyze this, but we have not yet reached any conclusions.”

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