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Honda and Acura Models Recalled Due to Possible Engine Seizing

American Honda Motor is recalling 248,999 cars, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks due to concerns that a manufacturing error with the connecting rod bearing, which helps the pistons move smoothly, can cause internal engine wear. This could lead to the engine not starting, not running properly, and/or stalling while driving, which increases the risk of a fire, crash, or injury. 

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Vehicles Recalled• 2015-2020 Acura TLX sedans• 2016-2020 Acura MDX SUVs• 2016, 2018-2019 Honda Pilot SUVs• 2017 and 2019 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks• 2018-2019 Honda Odyssey minivans

The problem: Due to a manufacturing error, the connecting rod bearing in the engine may wear and seize, damaging the engine.

The fix: Dealers will inspect and repair, or replace the engine as necessary, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Contact Honda customer service at 888-234-2138.

NHTSA campaign number: 23V751000. Honda’s numbers for these recalls are XG1 and GG0.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

The recall includes certain 2015-2020 Acura TLX sedans, 2016-2020 Acura MDX SUVs, 2016 and 2018-2019 Honda Pilot SUVs, 2017 and 2019 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks, and 2018-2019 Honda Odyssey minivans. Drivers may be forewarned by abnormal engine noise, engine stalling, and/or decreased power with a check engine light illuminated in the instrument panel.

Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 1 percent of the recalled models are estimated to have the problem. 

As of November 3, 2023, Honda received 1,450 warranty claims, and no reports of injuries or deaths related to this issue from July 2014 through November 3, 2023.

Owners will be notified of the recall by mail in early January, 2024. They will be directed to bring their vehicle to a local Honda or Acura dealership for inspection and possible repair.

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