American Honda Motor Co. recalls 2,539,902 cars, minivans, SUVs, and trucks from its Acura and Honda brands because of concerns about premature fuel pump failure. Should the pumps fail, the engine might not start or stall while driving.
The recall involves most Acura and Honda models produced from 2018 to 2020.
The list includes the 2018 to 2020 Honda Accord, Civic Coupe, Civic Sedan, Civic Hatchback, Civic Type R, CR-V, HR-V, Ridgeline, and Odyssey; 2018 to 2020 Acura ILX, MDX, MDX Sport Hybrid, RDX, RLX, and TLX; 2019 and 2020 Honda Insight and Passport; 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid; 2018 and 2019 Honda Clarity PHEV and Fit; and 2017 to 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid and Pilot, and Acura NSX. This is an expansion of a previous recall.
Continue reading to learn more.
Honda Recalls More Than 2.5 Million Cars In U.S. Due To a Fuel Pump Defect
The problem stems from an improperly molded internal part in the pump that can deform over time. The driver may see a warning light in the instrument panel or notice an intermittent loss of power, or difficulty starting or stalling the vehicle. If the pump stops working when the vehicle is on the road, there is an increased risk of a crash or injury.
Honda has initiated a related recall in China and Japan, as well.
Owners will be notified by mail, starting in early February 2024. Acura and Honda dealerships will replace the fuel pump with an improved version, free of charge, as parts become available. Owners who had this condition repaired previously are eligible for reimbursement.
Honda cites more than 4,000 warranty claims, but the automaker is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem.
The recall includes 2.54 million vehicles in the United States and comes after the automaker previously recalled 628,000 U.S. vehicles in 2021 and 136,000 in 2020 for the same issue.
Honda issued recalls earlier this month over the same issue in China and Japan. The automaker said Thursday that it will replace fuel pumps for all vehicles impacted by the recall at no cost in separate phases, with the first batch of owner notification letters going out in February.
“Countermeasure replacement parts are not available in sufficient quantities for all recalled vehicles at the time of this announcement, and American Honda intends to notify vehicle owners in stages,” Honda wrote.
Dealer notification was scheduled to kick off earlier this week, according to NHTSA documents.
Drivers can confirm if their specific vehicle is included in this recall using the NHTSA site and/or Honda and Acura’s recall lookup platforms. The models impacted are
According to documents published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel pump impeller used in 2017-2020 Acura and Honda vehicles was improperly molded. This results in low-density impellers, which “can deform and interfere with the fuel pump body” over time, regulators said, leading to an inoperative fuel pump.
If the fuel pump module doesn’t work, the car’s engine may not start or can stall while driving, the NHTSA said, increasing crash and injury risks. Honda says it has not received any crash or injury reports related to this recall to date.
The Problem: An improperly molded part can cause the fuel pump to fail, causing the vehicle to not start or stall.
Solution: Dealerships will replace the fuel pump module with an improved part.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call 888-234-2138 for more information.
NHTSA campaign number: 23V-858. This recall is an expansion of NHTSA recall numbers 21V-215 and 20V-314. Honda’s numbers for this recall are KGC and KGD.
Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.
If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.
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- An unrepaired vehicle affected by a vehicle safety recall in the past 15 calendar years.
- Vehicle safety recalls from major light auto automakers, motorcycle manufacturers, and some medium/heavy truck manufacturers.
What This Vin Search Tool Will Not Show –
- A vehicle with a repaired safety recall. If your vehicle has no unrepaired recalls, you will see the message: “0 Unrepaired recalls associated with this VIN”.
- Manufacturer customer service or other non-safety recall campaign.
- International vehicles.
- There may be a delay with very recently announced safety recalls for which not all VINs have been identified. VINs are added continuously so please check regularly.
- Safety recalls that are more than 15 years old (except where a manufacturer offers more coverage).
- Safety recalls conducted by small vehicle manufacturers, including some ultra-luxury brands and specialty applications.
Which Honda Models Are Recalled
The recall will affect many of Honda’s most popular models such as the 2018-2020 Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Ridgeline, and Odyssey, as well as some Acura models. Among them is the Acura NSX, Honda’s $160,000 sports car.
The Honda CR-V is one of the top-selling cars in the US – the automaker sells about 250,000 every year. Among the vehicles affected by the fuel pump recall are 2018 – 2020 models of the Acura NSX. Pictured is the Acura NSX30 on display at the Chicago Auto Show in 2019.
According to documents published by the NHTSA, the fuel pump impeller – the fan that generates the pressure needed to pump gas – was improperly molded.
That resulted in low-density impellers which ‘can deform and interfere with the fuel pump body’ over time, regulators said.
Earlier this week, the NHTSA and Honda also announced a recall of more than 106,000 CR-V hybrid vehicles from between 2020 and 2022 due to a missing fuse.
It was said that could cause the battery cable to short circuit or overheat during a crash.
On Thursday morning, fellow Japanese automaker Toyota’s share price fell more than 5 percent after it was forced to recall 1.1 million cars in the US, and the offices of its subsidiary Daihatsu in Japan were raided over a safety scandal.
Versions of the Honda CR-V from between 2018 and 2020 are also subject to the recall. Owners can take their vehicles to a dealer who will replace the fuel pump for free. A Honda Civic, also affected by the recall, is seen during the Vienna Car Show in 2020.
The recall covered a range of Toyota and Lexus vehicles with model years from 2020 to 2022. Included in the recall were Toyota Avalons, Camrys, Highlanders, RAV4s, Siennas and Corollas.
The vehicles being recalled have sensors in the front passenger seat that could potentially short circuit, causing the airbag system to not determine the occupant’s weight and potentially not deploy in a crash.
A day earlier, Daihatsu said it would halt shipments of all of its vehicles indefinitely after discovering safety-inspection irregularities.
A panel had been investigating the automaker after it said in April it had rigged side-collision safety tests carried out on 88,000 cars.
Acura Vehicles Recalled
• 2018 to 2020 Acura ILX
• 2018 to 2020 Acura MDX, MDX Sport Hybrid
• 2017 to 2020 Acura NSX
• 2018 to 2020 Acura RDX
• 2018 to 2020 Acura RLX
• 2018 to 2020 Acura TLX
Honda Vehicles Recalled
• 2017 to 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid
• 2018 to 2020 Honda Accord
• 2018 to 2020 Honda Civic, Civic Type R
• 2018 and 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
• 2018 to 2020 Honda CR-V
• 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
• 2018 and 2019 Honda Fit
• 2018 to 2020 Honda HR-V
• 2019 and 2020 Honda Insight
• 2018 to 2020 Honda Odyssey
• 2019 and 2020 Honda Passport
• 2017 to 2020 Honda Pilot
• 2018 to 2020 Honda Ridgeline
Earlier this week, the NHTSA and Honda also announced a recall of more than 106,000 2020-2022 CR-V hybrid vehicles due to a missing fuse on the power circuit of exterior 12-volt battery cables. This can cause the battery cable to short circuit or overheat during a crash, regulators said.
Honda dealers will replace the fuel pump module, the automaker said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Honda plans to notify owners in early February of the recall.
Honda said it had no reports of injuries but 4,042 warranty claims related to the issue since 2018.
The recall includes various models including the 2018–2020 model year Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Insight, Ridgeline, Odyssey, Passport, and various Acura models, including the ILX, MDX, RDX, RLX, TLX, and NSX vehicles.
According to documents published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel pump impeller used for 2017-2020 Acura and Honda vehicles was improperly molded. This results in low-density impellers, which “can deform and interfere with the fuel pump body” over time, regulators said, leading to an inoperative fuel pump.
Once the fuel pump module doesn’t work, the car’s engine can be affected, making it not start or stall while driving, the documents said. This could increase the chance of crashes or injuries, though Honda said it hasn’t received any reports of either resulting from this issue.
There are enough replacement parts. In total, it concludes all 2.6 million vehicles at this time. Honda owners will soon receive a notice to replace all their fuel pumps, free of charge.
As far as we know, the first phase of notifications will start in February 2024. If you own a Honda or Acura, you can check the official website of Honda or Acura. Or, simply check your vehicle’s lookup features.
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