Honda Recalls 4.5 Million Cars, Citing Fuel Pump Defect
Honda is recalling some 4.5 million cars worldwide, citing faulty fuel pumps that could cause havoc on the road.
The vehicles’ fuel pumps could fail, causing engines to stall unexpectedly, Honda recently told federal regulators. The company blamed “improper moulding” of fuel pump impellers, which can deform and interfere with pump performance.
“If the fuel pump module is inoperative, the engine may not start or can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash or injury,” Honda said in a defect notice. The document was filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that oversees auto recalls in the U.S.
More than 2.5 million of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S. The recall covers a wide range of models, including the 2018-2020 Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Insight, Ridgeline, Odyssey, and Passport. It also covers Acura models, such as the ILX, MDX, RDX, RLX, TLX and NSX vehicles.
Honda previously recalled more than 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. for the same issue, Reuters reports.
This time around, the company said it plans to notify owners of recalled vehicles by early February. Honda will ask owners to bring their cars to authorized service providers for inspection and a part replacement.
“The dealer will replace the fuel pump module with an improved part,” Honda said in the defect notice. “Owners who have paid to have these repairs completed at their own expense may be eligible for reimbursement.”
These kinds of recalls have become all too common for Honda and other major auto manufacturers.
Honda recalled more cars in the U.S. than any other automaker last year, calling back more than 6.3 million vehicles, according to NHTSA data. Ford (6.2 million), Kia (3.1 million), Chrysler (2.7 million) and General Motors (2 million) were also among the most recalled vehicles nationwide.
The Honda fuel pump recall came one day after the company recalled some 106,000 CR-V hybrid vehicles. Honda cited the risk of fire or injury in a crash caused by an overheated battery cable or short circuit in that recall.
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