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.
2012 Honda Pilot features a new grille and a new front fascia to replace the six-sided grille insert of the prior model with a three-bar horizontal design. Also contributing to the Honda Pilot’s new look are reconfigured multi-reflector halogen headlights as well as turn signals. The car’s new layout relocates the turn signal to an inboard position, instead of outboard position, within the headlight’s housing.
Moreover, a new front dam and new optimized strakes, which comprise the rectangular air deflector located in front of the car’s wheels, help lessen unwanted and frontal area air turbulence. Air turbulence has an impact on fuel economy. The new Honda Pilot EX models also received all-new 5-spoke 18” aluminum alloy wheel design, one inch up from the wheels of previous models. Meanwhile, the Honda Pilot Touring models have alloy wheels with an exclusive six-spoke design plus a high-contrast machined surface. The Pilot LX models, on the other hand, sport 17” styled steel wheels.
For the 2012 models, exterior dimensions are the same as the 2011 models. More specifically, they still have a 78.5” width, a 109.2” wheelbase, and a 71” height for the Pilot LX and 72.7” height for the Pilot Touring, the Pilot EX, and the Pilot EX-L. The track measures 67.7” for the Pilot LX and 67.5” for the Pilot Touring, the Pilot EX, and the Pilot EX-L. However, in terms of overall length, the new Pilot models measure 0.5” longer han the previous ones. They now have a length of 191.4” as a result of changes to the front styling. Ground clearance for new models is the same at 7.97”, which is down from 8” in the previous model.
Changes to the interior styling are meant to increase refinement in the cabin as well as to enhance the controls’ intuitive nature. The new Pilot’s instrument panel boasts a more unified color scheme, with less contrast between the panels. For one, the center panel for the audio controls now comes in glossy black instead of the previous model’s high-contrast silver.
It also has the speedometer and the tachometer gauge faces that incorporate a fresh new look with the distinct segments that surround each of the meter’s perimeter, along with a white background lighting for driving during nighttime (instead of the previous model’s aqua-blue background lighting). What’s more, the redesigned center stack gives the panel a subtle “U” shaped character line as well as different textures, creating a layered effect.
Additionally, a larger center storage pocket is ideal for phones and for audio players as it is now 0.4” taller compared to the previous model. Thanks to the simplified layout for climate controls, some of the buttons of the previous model have been replaced with easy-to-use and more intuitive dials.