A recall by American Honda Motor Company addresses a faulty hood latch issue affecting some 724,826 SUVs and pickup trucks.
Specifically, the recall includes certain 2019 Passport, 2016 to 2019 Pilot and 2017 to 2020 Ridgeline vehicles. More than 100 owners of these vehicles have reported their hood suddenly opened while driving. The problem could lead to a collision. Apparently, there is a design defect that involves a gap between the hood latch striker and hood to grill gap that could cause the latch to fail, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There are no known collisions due to the issue at this time. Additionally, Honda will notify owners about the potential hood latch problem and recall starting January, 17th, 2022.
So far, Honda has received 116 warranty claims from consumers over this issue and it’s likely they will get more until this problem is repaired.
The defect was discovered by Honda between July 2016 and October 2021. The automaker learned through its testing that the hood to grill gap setting permits too much air pressure and that could lead to hood vibration. These vibrations may cause stress fractures in the hood latch striker and lead to a mechanical failure. If this happens, the hood may open on the roadway and obstruct the driver’s view.
Honda dealerships with the affected vehicles will inspect them and make necessary repairs such as removing and replacing the striker plate and bolts or the entire hood in some cases. Current owners of affected Honda Pilots, Passports, and Ridgelines can bring their vehicle to the dealership for repairs.
Consumers seeking more information about the recall may contact Honda at 888-234-2138 for more information.
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