Honda has announced a massive recall of over 2.5 million vehicles due to a potentially dangerous defect with the fuel pump that could cause engines to stall while driving. The wide-ranging recall covers many of Honda’s most popular models from the 2018-2020 model years.
The recall impacts Honda and Acura brand vehicles and includes Accords, Civics, CR-Vs, Odysseys, Pilots, Passports, MDXes and more. The full list encompasses 30 different models and model years in total.
According to the recall notice issued by Honda and filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the impeller inside the fuel pump can deteriorate prematurely, causing the pump to stop working. This would lead to engine stalling and prevent restarting, increasing the risk of crashes and injuries.
Fuel Pump Failure Can Have Serious Consequences
When an engine stalls unexpectedly at speed, it removes the ability to accelerate or maintain speed. This can be extremely dangerous if it happens while changing lanes, navigating intersections, passing other vehicles, or in other dynamic driving situations. A stalled engine also disables power steering and brakes, making vehicles much harder to control.
Restarts may not be possible if fuel is not reaching the engine, which could strand drivers in unsafe conditions. Clearly, an unreliable fuel pump poses serious risks to motorist safety in numerous driving scenarios.
Over 2.5 Million Vehicles Impacted Nationwide
The massive scale of this recall shows just how widespread the defective part is across Honda’s lineup. It spans model years 2018 through 2020, and includes the Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot, and Ridgeline. Acura models affected are the ILX, MDX, RDX, RLX, and TLX.
Honda Recall List: Models and Years Affected
|Honda Civic Coupe
|Honda Civic Sedan
|Honda Civic Hatchback
|Honda Civic Type R
|Acura MDX Hybrid
|Honda CR-V Hybrid
|Honda Clarity PHEV
|Honda Accord Hybrid
In total, the recall covers around 2.5 million vehicles currently registered across the United States. Honda stated that owner notification letters would be mailed out to alert customers whose vehicles are affected.
Free Fuel Pump Replacement Offered
To address the issue, authorized Honda/Acura dealers will replace the fuel pump module inside the fuel tank free of charge once parts are available. This will eliminate the risk of failure and stall conditions occurring. Honda’s customer service line (1-888-234-2138) can provide more information about scheduling service.
The NHTSA urged owners experiencing stalling or hard starts to take immediate action. Vehicles with a degraded fuel pump can be dangerous to operate. Honda reference numbers KGC and KGD are associated with this recall, which expands on two previous actions.
Proactive Steps Can Reduce Recall Risks
While recalls are inconvenient, complying promptly helps remove dangerous vehicles from the roads. The scale of this action from Honda reflects millions of vehicles with the same defect circulating nationwide.
It serves as a reminder for all drivers to stay up to date on recall notices for their vehicles and complete all recommended actions. Addressing recalls promptly reduces safety risks and helps build a more secure driving environment for everyone sharing the roads.
How to Contact Honda
You can contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are KGC and KGD, and this recall is an expansion of NHTSA recall numbers 21V-215 and 20V-314.
You can also contact the NHTSA Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.