Honda Recalls 2014-2019 Acura MDX and MDX Sport Hybrid Vehicles For Taillight Issues

 

Laguna Hills, CA – April 9, 2019 – American Honda Motor Company is recalling certain 2014-2019 Acura MDX and 2017-2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid vehicles. Moisture could enter the tailgate lid lights through a deformed gasket, potentially resulting in non-operational taillights and tailgate lights. As many as 322,897 vehicles may be affected.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report on this problem, if moisture leaks into the tailgate lid lights, it could possibly lead to loss of function for both these lights and the inner taillights. Brake lights and headlights are not affected. Should this happen, the vehicle would be less visible to other motorists on the road, particularly at night, increasing the chance of an accident or crash.

Timeline of Events

Honda first received complaints of exterior light failures between February and September 2014, subsequently launching an investigation. The automaker, discovering that the failure resulted from moisture entering the tailgate lid lights through a deformed gasket, decided to apply adhesives to provide better sealing and also to change the gasket to a more robust material. Since the number of original claims was minimal, Honda continued to monitor the situation.

As complaints increased, however, Honda relaunched the investigation December 2015 to January 2016. Another design improvement to increase moisture resistance was initiated. Since the number of claims did not significantly drop after this action, Honda reopened the investigation March March 2017 to May 2018. The automaker began collecting parts from the field to understand the scope of the taillight failure and to determine possible repair solutions.

The addition of tailgate lid lights featuring deformation-resistant gaskets began on the assembly line Oct. 23, 2018 as a process quality improvement effort.

Honda ultimately determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety existed, and decided to conduct a recall March 21, 2019. As of March 21, Honda had received 4,414 warranty claims, 17 field reports and no evidence of crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

The recall will begin April 29, 2019. Honda will notify Acura owners, and dealers will modify the tailgate lid lights and install updated gaskets and a wiring sub-harness, or will replace both tailgate lid lights if necessary. The repairs will be performed free of charge.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is M49. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V256000.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls 2014-2019 Acura MDX and MDX Sport Hybrid Vehicles For Taillight Issues

Honda Recalls Over 1.1 Million Vehicles Equipped With Faulty Takata Air Bag Inflators

 

Laguna Hills, CA – March 15, 2019 – Honda is recalling specific 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2013-2016 ILX, 2013-2014 ILX Hybrid, 2003-2006 MDX, 2007-2016 RDX, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2004-2006, and 2009-2014 TL, 2010-2013 ZDX and 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2007 Fit, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot and 2006-2014 Ridgeline vehicles. The affected vehicles had previously received a driver air bag inflator or air bag module replacement as part of a massive recall of defective Takata air bags affecting numbers of different automakers. Because of a manufacturing error, the front driver air bag may explode during a crash. The potential number of vehicles affected is 1,108,939.

The Defect

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report filed March 11, replacement driver air bag inflators or air bag modules had been installed in the affected vehicles as part of a previous Takata inflator recall. Due to a manufacturing error, in the event of a crash in which the air bag is activated, the inflator may explode, resulting in sharp metal fragments striking the driver, front seat passenger or other occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Car and Driver said this latest recall came about after a crash involving a 2004 Odyssey, in which the driver’s arm was bruised. This happened after the company learned that the Takata replacement, a driver’s-side inflator that is supposed to resist moisture, had ruptured due to “excessive moisture” present at the Takata factory in Mexico.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Takata air bag recall, which has been going on for over 10 years, involved over 37 million vehicles built by 19 automakers. At least 22 people were killed and hundreds permanently disfigured when the air bags exploded after deployment, spraying them with deadly shrapnel.

Timeline of Events

Honda began using the Takata-made driver-side air bag inflators June 2014 as part of a regional safety improvement campaign. By March 2015, when the scope of the original Takata recall expanded, Honda began obtaining remedy air bag inflators from other manufacturers to supplement its supply of replacement parts.

Honda instructed dealers to stop installing the Takata inflators July 2016, and stopped ordering the replacement parts from Takata.

On March 21, 2018, Honda was informed of the Jan. 19, 2018 crash in which the driver air bag inflator had allegedly ruptured during air bag deployment; an initial incident report was then submitted to NHTSA March 23. A joint field inspection April 10 confirmed the driver air bag inflator had ruptured, and a final rupture incident report was sent to NHTSA.

From mid-April to early-February 2019, Honda continued its investigation in conjunction with the air bag inflator supplier and NHTSA. Ultimately, examination of the replacement parts did not turn up any conclusive explanation of the factors that led to the over-pressurization found in these inflators, with Honda concluding that all available evidence suggested a manufacturing anomaly.

Honda met with NHTSA Feb. 15 to share the results of the investigation. The automaker then decided on March 6 that a defect existed, launching the recall process as a result. As of March 16, Honda had received only one injury claim related to this issue.

The Solution

Honda will notify owners beginning April 17, and dealers – which are already prepared to begin repairs – will replace the driver’s air bag inflator with another inflator from an alternative supplier, free of charge.

Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is O41. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura’s number for this recall is U40. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V182000.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Over 1.1 Million Vehicles Equipped With Faulty Takata Air Bag Inflators

Honda Recalls 4,455 Acura ILX Vehicles

 

Laguna Hills, CA – March 8, 2019 – Acura (American Honda Motor Company) is recalling 4,455 model year 2014-2019 Acura ILX vehicles. The vehicles may have a deformed fuel tank, resulting in the raised height of the fuel pump causing the fuel level float to stick. This could lead to inaccurate fuel levels displayed on the fuel gauge.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Recall Report, an improper manufacturing process produced deformities in the bottom of certain fuel tanks, which could raise the fuel pump height, decreasing the clearance between the fuel float and the inner wall of the tank. Fuel movement in the tank can then cause the float to stick along the inner wall, leading to incorrect gauge readings. In a worst-case scenario, the vehicle could run out of fuel and stall, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

Timeline of Events

Honda received the first report of an inaccurate fuel gauge in February 2018. At that time, troubleshooting did not result in tank replacement.

Following additional reports of inaccurate fuel gauge readings, investigation continued from October 2018 through January 2019. Recreation tests by the supplier confirmed the problem, and also revealed that an inappropriate cooling jig adjustment setting was used during a specific production period, resulting in the deformed tanks.

Further review also showed an inadequate cooling water flow rate during another phase of production, separate from the one in which the original fuel tank problems occurred. Records from this time confirmed that the tanks shrank and deformed due to the improper flow rate of cooling water.

On January 17, 2019, Honda determined that a motor vehicle safety defect existed, and decided to issue a safety recall. As of that date, Honda had received 621 warranty claims and 264 field reports. However, no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue have been received.

The Solution

In a statement issued Feb. 8, Acura announced that it is voluntarily recalling 4,455 model-year 2014-2019 ILX vehicles in the U.S. for inspection and, if needed, complimentary replacement of the fuel tanks, free of charge.

Acura is encouraging owners of affected vehicles to bring them to an authorized dealer for repair as soon as they receive notification from Acura. Notification will occur by mail, beginning in early March 2019. Owners of 2014-2019 ILX vehicles can also determine if their vehicles require repair by visiting www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (888) 234- 2138.  Acura’s number for this recall is H3U, Z3T. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V052000.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls 4,455 Acura ILX Vehicles

Honda Recalls Nearly Half a Million Vehicles for Fuel Pump Issues

 

Torrance, Calif. – February 20, 2019 – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Acura MDX, 2015-2019 Acura TLX and 2015-2017 Honda Accord vehicles. These models were equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine. The recall is due to potential fuel pump issues, and 437,032 units were potentially affected.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Recall Report on this incident, sodium particulates contained in low-quality fuels can adhere to certain internal components in the fuel pump. This can eventually lead to buildup, which in turn increases the electrical and mechanical resistance inside the pump, and subsequently reduces fuel pump performance. If a vehicle is operated in surroundings with high ambient temperatures, a reduction in fuel pump performance can restrict vehicle acceleration, cause an engine stall or both. If the engine stalls while the vehicle is moving, the chances of a crash greatly increase.

Timeline of Events

Honda received the first report of an engine stall prior to August 2017. Claims were minimal and infrequent, so Honda made the decision to continue monitoring the market. Between August and September 2017, after additional engine stall reports, Honda launched an investigation. Failed return parts were sent to the fuel-pump supplier. It was known that the fuel pump operating voltage could vary between 10 V-13 V. The supplier was able to recreate the engine stalling condition while operating the fuel pump in 10 V mode.

Between October and November 2017, sodium deposits were found on the brush and commutator components in the failed fuel pumps, and between December 2017 and June 2018 Honda conducted additional tests, determining that low-quality fuels were to blame for the problematic presence of sodium. Recreation tests confirmed that fuel containing greater than one part per million of sodium could result in the aforementioned restriction in regard to safe vehicle acceleration, or potentially result in a stalled engine.

Between July and November 2018, more testing confirmed that when the fuel pump operated in 10 V mode, more sodium could accumulate within it. This situation was found to result in increased mechanical and electrical resistance, and also caused a reduction in fuel pump performance. Poor pmp performance can lead to an engine stall as well as restricted or rough vehicle acceleration. On January 22, 2019, Honda determined that a credible defect related to motor vehicle safety existed. The automaker then made the decision to conduct a safety recall, having received 731 warranty claims and 102 field reports but no accounts of any crashes, injuries or deaths directly related to this issue.

The Solution

According to a media release from Honda, all owners of registered vehciles are being contacted by mail. The notice will request that each owner take their vehicle to an authorized Acura or Honda automobile dealer. Once the car has been brought to the seller, the FI-ECU will be updated with software programming that disallows fuel pump operation in the 10 V range and thus prevents the potential for sodium accumulation. If the vehicle owner informs the dealer that they have experienced an engine stall, and this is confirmable via a diagnostic scan, the fuel pump will also be replaced. Both services will be completed at no cost to the owner. Additionally, any owners who previously paid to have one or both of these repairs completed out of their own pocket will be eligible for reimbursement. The recall is expected to begin March 25, 2019.

Acura’s number for this recall is P3W, while Honda’s is N3X. Owners of potentially affected vehicles can also determine if their vehicles require repair by visiting www.recalls.acura.com or www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V060000.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Nearly Half a Million Vehicles for Fuel Pump Issues

Honda Recalls Nearly 65,000 Acura MDX Vehicles for Brake Issues

Laguna Hills, CA – November 28, 2018 – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Acura MDX, 2017-2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, 2018-2019 Honda HR-V and Honda Odyssey, and 2016 Honda HR-V vehicles, in order to have the rear brakes bled due to gas pockets. The potential number of units affected is 64,785.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, in affected vehicles the rear brake caliper pistons may have an insufficient coating, causing gas pockets to form, reducing brake performance. A reduction of braking performance increases the risk of a crash.

Timeline of Events

In July 2018 the rear brake caliper supplier informed Honda of quality issues affecting some of its products. Honda subsequently launched an investigation.

From August to October 2018 Honda learned that a sub-supplier’s manufacturing process improperly trapped high levels of hydrogen on the brake piston during surface plating, and that the tempering process intended to remove excess hydrogen may not have been performed to specification.

Honda investigated the potential for FMVSS noncompliance and the range of potentially affected vehicles, and on October 25, 2018, Honda completed the investigation. The final determination was that the potential for FMVSS noncompliance exists and Honda therefore decided to conduct a safety recall.

As of October 25, 2018, Honda has received 170 warranty claims, 90 field reports, and no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue. The problem does not recur after brakes are bled to remove initial gas pockets.

The Solution

Owners will be notified, and Honda or Acura dealers will bleed the brakes, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are C31 and L30. Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-777.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Nearly 65,000 Acura MDX Vehicles for Brake Issues

Honda Recalls Nearly 1000 Vehicles for Fuel Leak and Fire Risks

Laguna Hills, CA – September 28, 2018 – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Acura NSX vehicles due to a faulty coupler that increases the chance of fuel leaks and engine fire.

The recall population was determined based on manufacturing records. A total 949 units are potentially affected, within a sequential VIN range of 19UNC1B00HY000000 to 19UNC1B00HY000952. The VIN range reflects all possible vehicles that could potentially experience the problem.

All vehicles built from the start-up of production through March 5, 2018 are affected. Vehicles built after March 5, 2018 are equipped with fuel tanks produced by the supplier after the supplier adjusted its manufacturing process to improve production quality.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Report, due to an improper manufacturing process, the couplers for the crossover inlet pipe that connects the left and right fuel tanks were insufficiently welded. Over time, vibration and heat cycling can cause the couplers to separate from the fuel tank, resulting in fuel leakage. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
According to an Acura Service Bulletin, drivers or passengers may notice a strong fuel smell if a leak occurs. If this happens, drivers are urged to stop driving their vehicle immediately and contact their nearest Acura dealer for roadside assistance.

Timeline of Events

In December 2017 Honda received a claim of a fuel leak. The failed fuel tank was returned to the supplier. An investigation was launched to determine the root cause of the failure. Over the months of February and March 2018, Honda received three additional claims of a fuel leak, and in April 2018 the fuel tank supplier informed Honda that the weld specifications for melt depth and pressed-in amount could not be appropriately controlled and could be the source of the issue.

Further investigation was conducted to determine what was causing the variation in weld specification and how it was affecting the fuel tanks. In May 2018 the investigation confirmed that the heater which was being used to weld the coupler was set at a slight angle. This resulted in insufficient welding and thin welds to certain sections of the fuel tank.

In August 2018, the fuel tank supplier further informed Honda that the jigs used during fuel tank welding were found to be incapable of properly securing the fuel tanks during the welding process, adding more inconsistency and instability to the welds and resulting in additional welding variations. Honda continued their own investigation of the potential consequences of inappropriately welded fuel tanks and sought to determine the precise range of potentially affected vehicles.

In late August 2018, Honda officially determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists and decided to conduct a safety recall. Honda notified NHTSA of this decision and supplied the information needed. As of late August 2018, Honda has only received three warranty claims. There have been no field reports or reports of fires or injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

According to the manufacturers statement, Acura is announcing these recalls to encourage owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer for repair as soon as they receive notification from Acura. Due to the relatively small number of affected vehicles, where possible, Acura will attempt to contact owners by phone to schedule repairs. NSX owners can also determine if their vehicle requires repair by visiting www.recalls.acura.com or by calling Acura NSX Client Specialists at (844) 682-2872. Mailed notification to owners of any remaining unrepaired vehicles will occur in early-Nov. 2018.

Honda will notify dealers, and dealers will replace the left and right fuel tanks, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are U29, and Z28.The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-600. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Nearly 1000 Vehicles for Fuel Leak and Fire Risks

Honda Recalls Over 1,350,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

 

Lilburn, Georgia – September 26, 2018 – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling over 1,350,000 vehicles due to the passenger frontal air bag inflator being at risk for exploding. The massive recall is part of a previously planned phased recall.

Later phases have been moved up due to the risk being determined to be more severe than previously thought with a higher risk, and more supply of the faulty part being available than had at first been thought. This recall includes three ranges of vehicles.

The first range of vehicles being includes certain 2014 Honda Insight and Acura TSX and TSX Wagon, 2014-2015 Honda Crosstour and Pilot vehicles nationwide, as well as certain 2014 Honda FCX Clarity and Fit EV vehicles in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, California, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The second range of vehicles being recalled includes certain 2011-2013 Acura TSX, TSX Wagon and ZDX, Honda Crosstour, Insight, Fit and Pilot vehicles, 2011-2012 Honda Accord and 2011 Honda Civic NGV, Civic, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The third range of vehicles being recalled includes certain 2010-2013 Acura TSX and ZDX, Honda Crosstour, Fit, Insight and Pilot, 2011-2013 TSX Wagon, 2010-2012 Honda Accord and 2010-2011 Honda Civic NGV, Civic, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Report, all of these vehicles are equipped with certain air bag air bag inflators assembled as part of the frontal air bag modules. These modules are utilized as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash with airbag inflation, which necessitates replacement of the original air bags).

The specific defective modules may explode due to propellant degradation, which can occur after long-term exposure to higher absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling. In the case of an inflator rupture, the force of inflation may cause metal fragments to pass through the air bag and into the vehicle interior at high speed.

Contact with such high speed, flying pieces of metal, should the inflation occur and metal pieces be fragmented, may result in serious injury or death to vehicle driver and/or occupants.

Timeline of Events

In consideration of a sufficient supply of final remedy inflators, Honda consulted with the NHTSA about advancing the recall launch of Priority Group 10 vehicles, identified in an earlier investigation and recall of which this recall is a part. Honda determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists and decided to conduct a safety recall ahead of the fourth phase of the Takata DIRs scheduled for late 2018.

The Solution

The registered owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail by Honda. Honda will request all owners asked to take their vehicles to a Honda or Acura automobile dealer. The dealer will replace the passenger frontal airbag inflator with a new inflator, at no cost to the vehicle owner. The recall is expected to begin November 13, 2018.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are M2J and S2K. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-661.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Over 1,350,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

Honda Recalls 793 Acura NSX Vehicles for Brake Light Malfunction

 

Lilburn, Georgia – September 22, 2018: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017 Acura NSX vehicles due to a faulty mounting of the circuit board for the high mounted center brake light. The recall population was determined based on manufacturing records, and only 793 vehicles are potentially affected. All vehicles built from the start-up of production through July 31, 2017 are affected. The supplier provided updated HMSLs for vehicles built after July 31, 2017 to improve production quality, so no vehicles built after that date were affected.

The Defect

According to an Acura service bulletin, there is an internal issue with the circuit board in the high mount brake light (also referred to as the center high mount brake light). Normal road vibrations can cause the metal screws securing the printed circuit board for the high mounted center brake light to loosen and contact the circuitry. If this happens during illumination (when the brake pedal is depressed), the circuit board may short, causing the corresponding fuse to blow.

In such a situation, all the brake lights will stop working, which increases the risk of a collision. In the dash, several malfunction indicator lamps will turn on to indicate the brake light failure. Once the fuse is blown, the vehicle will be prevented from being restarted once it has been turned off. The 793 vehicles affected by this recall fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard regarding Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.

Timeline of Events

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Notice, in June 2017 Honda received the first claim of a no-start condition, and subsequently began an investigation with the HMSL’s supplier to determine the root cause. The supplier’s initial analysis suspected the failure to be short circuit related and identified a potential issue with contact between the metal screw and the PCB circuitry. They supplied an updated part for future builds.

In January 2018 Bully tests were performed on the PCB to determine the extent of coating wear from the metal screws. By September 2018 Honda completed the investigation. It was determined that FMVSS non-compliance existed, and Honda chose to conduct a safety recall. As of September 4, 2018 Honda has received only 19 warranty claims. There have been no field reports or reports of injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

According to a public statement from Acura, due to the relatively small number of affected vehicles, where possible, Acura will attempt to directly contact registered owners of affected vehicles by phone to schedule repairs, and in November any unreached registered owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and asked to take their vehicle to an NSX Authorized Acura dealer. The dealer will replace the center high mount brake light at no charge to owners.

The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2018. Owners of 2017 NSX vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair by contacting Acura Client Relations at 1-844-682-2872. Honda’s number for this recall is B2B. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov to enter their VIN number for this recall.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls 793 Acura NSX Vehicles for Brake Light Malfunction

Due for Two: Acura Recalls NSX in Separate Recalls

Due for Two: Acura Recalls NSX in Separate Recalls

Sean ReyesDue for Two: Acura Recalls NSX in Separate Recalls

500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert

500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert – May 16, 2018

Sean Reyes500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert