The latest recall made by Honda was for certain 2013 models of the Pilot SUV and Odyssey minivan.
The recall involves 270 vehicles, which may stall, Honda said in a report posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website.
During the manufacturing of the engine piston, it is possible that the heat treatment process was not properly applied, resulting in insufficient hardness for the piston. That means that the piston is more susceptible to premature wear. A worn piston could fail, leading to a stalled engine.
Honda said they will notify vehicle’s owners and dealers will replace the engine short block at no charge.
Just last month, Honda expanded an earlier recall of its compact Fit hatchback, saying another 48,000 vehicles needed to have their stability control software updated. This brings the number of Honda Fits to 91,920 from the 2012 and 2013 model years that are affected by the recall. The vehicles need a software update to the vehicle’s electronic stability control system, Honda said in a statement.
The first recall was issued in April and affected only the more premium Sport versions. Honda initially tested all Fit models as a result of the April recall, but found no reason to recall anything other than the Sport models. But NHTSA then put the Fit through a more extreme battery of tests Honda didn’t account for. After reviewing and duplicating the results from the more rigorous testing, Honda voluntarily agreed to the expanded recall.
The vehicle’s software was of concern because it may allow the car’s body to roll too much before intervening, possibly causing the driver to lose control. No crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of this issue, according to Honda.
The automaker said they planned on notifying owners and that dealers would update the software free of charge.
This comes after Honda recalled close to a million vehicles due to airbag issues over the past three years.
And recently, Honda and the NHTSA recalled 1,659 model-year 2013 Accord vehicles. That recall was pursuant to a fuel tank neck that might have been out of specification and the variance could have possibly resulted in the fuel pump not properly sealing with the fuel tank. This could have resulted in a gasoline leak, potentially posing a fire risk. Owners of the affected 2013 Accords were directed to their dealers to have the cars’ fuel tank replaced, as well as nut and O-ring gasket.
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