(NationalUSNews.com) — In what will be Honda’s 14th recall this year, they will be recalling 250,000 vehicles. This is only their 5th largest recall this year, with recalled vehicles spiking upwards of three million in total in 2023 alone. Honda has said that customers will be officially notified by letter in January and that inspections, repairs, and any engine replacements necessary will be handled by the dealers free of charge. The problem is apparently with the engine’s crankshaft being improperly machined. This could lead to accelerated bearing wear or even catastrophic engine damage.
In a public notice, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that 248,999 of certain Honda vehicles manufactured between 2015 and 2022 were affected by the issue. Customers are encouraged to use either NHTSA’s online recall tool or Honda’s recall tool to check to see if their vehicle may be affected. People who are using the vehicles could see them run improperly or stall while driving, which could increase the risk of fires, crashes, and injuries. This recall will include Odyssey minivans and Honda Pilot SUVs produced between 2018 and 2019, as well as certain 2017 and 2019 Ridgeline pickup trucks. Acura TLX cars from 2016 to 2020 and some Acura MDX SUVs built between 2016 and 2020 may also be affected.
There have been no recorded injuries resulting from the manufacturing defect, but Honda was first notified of the issue in 2020. By November 3rd, Honda had already received 1,450 warranty claims regarding this issue. Honda corrected the manufacturing problem in 2020, so vehicles made after that change do not have the same defect.
Owners who have already had recalled vehicles repaired at their own expense are eligible for reimbursement and will need to file with the NHTSA. NHTSA has said that drivers should note any abnormal engine noises. They should also be on the lookout for any stalling or decreased engine output. While all the vehicle owners who may be affected will be notified starting January 2nd, it may be helpful to check for yourself using the online forms as soon as possible to avoid any issues.
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