Honda Motor Co. has announced the recall of around 8,700 units of the 2012 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX SUVs due to a defect in the fuel tank, specifically the vent-shut-float valve case in the fuel-tank assembly. According to Honda, this component doesn’t comply with the proper design specifications, which could lead to a fuel leak and maybe even a fire.
The dealers and the owners of the vehicles covered in this recall will soon receive notifications from Honda. Dealers will check the assembly and if necessary, it will be replaced. The start date of this recall is expected to be on March 13. Last Wednesday, Honda announced the recall of around 45,800 Odyssey minivans from the 2008 and 2009 model years in order for the power-tailgate struts to be replaced.
Honda said that the gas-filled struts that hold up the tailgate are prone to failing early. This may result to the unexpected closure of the tailgate. So far, there have been two reports of injuries due to this problem. Those who are affected by this recall are advised to visit www.safercar.gov to learn more. They could also get in touch with the NHTSA by calling its vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236.