More than 2.5 million Honda and Acura vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. as Honda Motor’s American arm addresses a critical fuel pump defect that poses an increased risk of engine failure or stalling while driving. This development has significant implications for vehicle owners, and it’s crucial to understand the cause of the defect, which models are affected, and what actions Honda owners can take.
Why Were Honda Models Recalled?
The recall stems from a fuel pump defect related to the improperly molded fuel pump impeller used in 2017-2020 Acura and Honda vehicles. Over time, these impellers can deform and interfere with the fuel pump body, leading to an inoperative fuel pump. This defect increases the risk of engine failure or stalling while driving, posing potential safety hazards for drivers.
Affected Models and Potential Issues
The recall includes several models and model years:
- 2015-2020 Acura TLX sedans
- 2016-2020 Acura MDX SUVs
- 2016, 2018-2019 Honda Pilot SUVs
- 2017 and 2019 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks
- 2018-2019 Honda Odyssey minivans
Potential issues that owners may experience include abnormal engine noise, engine stalling, decreased power, and the illumination of the check engine light on the instrument panel.
Number of Affected Vehicles and Incidents
Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that 1 percent of the recalled models may experience a fuel pump defect. As of November 3, 2023, Honda has received 1,450 warranty claims related to this issue, with no reports of injuries or deaths from July 2014 through November 3, 2023.
What Honda Owners Need To Do Next
Owners will be notified of the recall by mail in early January 2024 and are advised to bring their vehicles to a local Honda or Acura dealership for inspection and potential repair. Given the potential severity of the defect, affected owners must act promptly upon receiving the recall notice.
What This Recall Means
While recalls are designed to address safety concerns promptly, the burden often falls on the vehicle owners. It’s essential for Honda owners to stay informed, follow the recommended course of action, and seek assistance if necessary. Recalls can be inconvenient and frustrating, but ensuring the safety and reliability of your vehicle is paramount. If you have recall that the dealership has failed to remedy, it may be time to seek counsel to protect yourself, your family, and your investment.
How Honda Owners Can Take Back Control
While recalls have been communicated to owners, many continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, just like this – underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.
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