Honda Calls Back 725,000 SUVs and Trucks Over Hood Defect
Honda is notifying some 725,000 pickup and SUV owners that it needs to take another look at their vehicles.
A sealing defect could cause recalled vehicles’ hoods to fly open unexpectedly, Honda recently said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Specifically, a faulty hood-to-grille gap may allow too much air pressure in and eventually crack the area around the hood latch striker.
“Over time the hood vibration could form stress fractures along the hood latch striker and separate the hood latch striker from the hood, Honda told NHTSA. “A separated hood latch striker may allow the hood to open, obstructing the driver's view and increasing the risk of a crash.”
The recall covers certain 2019 Passport models, as well as 2016-2019 Pilot crossovers and 2017-2020 Ridgeline pickups.
Honda said it will begin notifying the owners of recalled cars in mid-January. It will ask owners to bring the vehicles to a local dealer for a hood repair or replacement.
In the meantime, the company says drivers should be on the lookout for signs of trouble with their vehicles.
“Hood vibration noises or a loose hood are potential warnings of a failing hood latch striker,” the company told NHTSA.
How the California Lemon Law Protects Car Owners
Sadly, this is not the first time that Honda has recalled a wide range of vehicles because of defects that put people’s safety at risk.
Late last year, for example, the company called back some 1.4 million cars. It cited a range of defects that Honda said increased the risk of a crash.
In March, Honda recalled 760,000 Honda and Acura cars that the company said could unexpectedly die because of malfunctioning fuel pumps. Cars that stall unexpectedly increased the risk of an accident, Honda told federal regulators at the time.
The good news for car owners in the Golden State is that you do not need to wait for a recall to get a defective vehicle fixed.
The California lemon law requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also forces manufacturers to buy back (or replace, in some cases) covered vehicles that they are unable or unwilling to fix.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must happen before the buyback requirement kicks in. A California lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and options.
Our California Lemon Law Attorney Can Help You
If you are a California car owner or lessor who has been stuck with a malfunctioning vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.
Our firm is pleased to represent clients across the state. We work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent.