2008 Honda Element

Honda is recalling 5,216 Element SUVs from the 2007 to 2011 model years. In a press release, the automaker says that when a trailer is attached to the Element, its turn signals may not work because the trailer hitch’s wiring is incorrect. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the trailer turn signal lights only work when the brake lights are on. Without functioning turn signals, the driver can’t notify other motorists of his next move. According to Honda, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries.

This recall should begin around Sept. 20. Honda will contact owners, and dealers will repair the trailer hitch’s wiring for free. Owners who have questions should contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

Honda Elements from the 2007 to 2011 model years have been subject to about five different recalls.

In our used car rankings, the Honda Element tends to rank mid-pack, partly because reviewers wished the SUV was more powerful. However, the Element’s cargo hauling capabilities and versatile interior make it a smart choice if you need an SUV that handle grit and grime thanks to its easy-to-clean surfaces.

As you cross-shop the Element, take a look at the 2011 GMC Terrain. The Terrain’s cabin isn’t as versatile as the Element’s, but its five-seat cabin and sliding second row make it a practical choice for families. Also take a look at the 2011 Subaru Forester, which has standard all-wheel drive, and off-road SUVs like the 2011 Nissan Xterra and 2011 Jeep Wrangler, which also have interiors that are easy to clean.

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