Honda is recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles in the United States due to a manufacturing defect that could cause engines to start incorrectly, stall or stall while driving.
The recall applies to certain 2015 to 2020 Acura TLX vehicles, 2016 to 2020 Acura MDX SUVs, 2017 to 2019 Ridgeline pickup trucks, 2018 to 2019 Odyssey minivans, as well as 2018 to 2019 Pilot SUVs. 2016 and 2018 to 2019.
According to the company, a manufacturing fault in the engine’s crankshaft could cause the connecting rod bearing in the affected engines to wear out and prematurely seize.
“If the connecting rod bearing seizes, the engine may be damaged, misfire, stall, stall while driving, and/or not start, increasing the risk of fire, collision, or injury,” Honda Announce Friday.
The automaker added that abnormal engine noise, engine stalling or low engine output, along with an illuminated check engine light, are all warning signs of a possible manufacturing error.
Honda received the first market complaint about the defect in February 2020, according to it documents Published last week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As of November 3, Honda had collected 1,450 warranty claims regarding the issue but no injuries or deaths had been reported.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified directly by mail starting January 2. Dealers will inspect the engine and repair or replace it if necessary, according to the company. Honda said it will also compensate owners who paid for repairs at their own expense.
According to the automaker, the manufacturing issue has been corrected in production in 2020.
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