• 166,000 CR-Vs and 6,200 ILXs are included
  • The recall will begin in August
  • A problematic door handle cable is to blame

Honda will soon recall more than 166,000 units of its CR-V crossover and 6,200 ILX sedans from its upscale Acura brand. The automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the recall, which affects more than 320,000 units globally from the 2012 and 2013 model years.

According to Honda, the recall is necessary because of a fault in the front interior door handles. The automaker says if occupants simultaneously operate the locks and an interior door handle, the door handle cable may become disengaged. This could lead to the doors swinging open unexpectedly as their latches may not work once the cable fails.

Although Honda says it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the problematic door handles, the automaker announced that a whopping 166,690 units of the 2012 CR-V SUV are affected, as are 6,228 units of the upscale 2013 Acura ILX sedan. Related models, such as the Honda Civic and Acura's recently redesigned RDX, are not included in the recall.

While the NHTSA has not yet provided official details surrounding the recall, Honda says it will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles by mail on August 15. According to the automaker, the mailed recall notices will urge drivers to visit their local Honda and Acura dealerships, who will replace front door latches free of charge. Honda also says it will replace the front interior door handles in some CR-V models. Drivers with questions can call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238. Concerned CR-V or ILX owners can also reach the NHTSA's recall hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

The affected CR-V represents the first model year of the compact SUV's fourth generation. The latest model has proven exceptionally popular, with nearly 24,000 units sold last month - far more than rivals like the Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4 and Chevrolet Equinox, and a 50 percent increase over the same period last year. Meanwhile, the ILX is Acura's newest - and smallest - sedan. Based on Honda's compact Civic, the ILX offers buyers a choice between a fuel-efficient hybrid powerplant and two gas-powered four-cylinder engines.

What it means to you: If you own a CR-V or an ILX, expect to receive a recall notice in the mail shortly.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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