March 25, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V215000
NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V215
Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected 628,124
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Acura MDX, MDX Sport Hybrid, RDX, TLX, Honda Accord, Civic Hatchback, Insight, 2019 Acura ILX, Honda Accord Hybrid, Civic Coupe, Civic Coupe Si, Civic Sedan, Civic Sedan Si, Civic Type R, Fit, HR-V, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline, and 2018-2019 CR-V vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 18, 2021. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 20V-314.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
March 25, 2021
Mr. Jeffrey Giuseppe
Associate Administrator for Enforcement
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Attn: Recall Management Division (NVS-215)
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
Dear Mr. Giuseppe:
In accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and 49 CFR Part 573 Defect and Noncompliance and Responsibility Reports, Honda is submitting the enclosed Defect Information Report regarding a safety recall expansion of certain 2018 – 2020 model year Acura and Honda vehicles to address a defect with the fuel pump.
If you have any questions about this report, please feel free to contact me.
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.
Product Regulatory Office
Defect Information Report
Name of manufacturer:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
Identification of potentially affected vehicles:
|Make/Model||Model Year||Dates of Manufacture||Number of Vehicles|
|Acura ILX||2019||10/04/2018 to 07/18/2019||6,383|
|Acura MDX||2019||10/31/2018 to 06/24/2019||16,369|
|Acura MDX||2020||08/16/2019 to 09/13/2019||3|
|Acura MDX Sport Hybrid||2019||11/15/2018 to 06/11/2019||759|
|Acura MDX Sport Hybrid||2020||07/16/2019 to 07/16/2019||2|
|Acura RDX||2019||10/31/2018 to 05/14/2019||18,188|
|Acura RDX||2020||04/24/2019 to 07/30/2019||6,790|
|Acura TLX||2019||10/30/2018 to 04/02/2019||6,559|
|Acura TLX||2020||04/10/2019 to 07/21/2020||2,295|
|Honda Accord||2019||11/06/2018 to 08/28/2019||91,596|
|Honda Accord||2020||09/24/2019 to 09/24/2019||1|
|Honda Accord Hybrid||2019||12/19/2018 to 08/28/2019||6,615|
|Honda Civic Coupe||2019||12/03/2018 to 06/24/2019||7,290|
|Honda Civic Coupe Si||2019||02/04/2019 to 04/26/2019||7|
|Honda Civic Hatchback||2019||02/08/2019 to 07/15/2019||14,492|
|Honda Civic Hatchback||2020||07/15/2019 to 09/18/2019||5,469|
|Honda Civic Sedan||2019||11/30/2018 to 07/25/2019||86,531|
|Honda Civic Sedan Si||2019||12/11/2018 to 06/14/2019||13|
|Honda Civic Type R||2019||12/12/2018 to 10/16/2019||2,853|
|Honda CR-V||2018||11/29/2018 to 12/10/2018||20|
|Honda CR-V||2019||11/28/2018 to 10/07/2019||141,272|
|Honda Fit||2019||01/02/2019 to 08/31/2019||31,149|
|Honda HR-V||2019||01/02/2019 to 08/31/2019||64,567|
|Honda Insight||2019||11/28/2018 to 03/07/2019||4,792|
|Honda Insight||2020||09/04/2019 to 05/13/2020||3,723|
|Honda Odyssey||2019||10/29/2018 to 07/10/2019||37,641|
|Honda Passport||2019||11/13/2018 to 07/08/2019||14,095|
|Honda Pilot||2019||10/30/2018 to 07/29/2019||46,713|
|Honda Ridgeline||2019||10/31/2018 to 08/21/2019||11,937|
Description of the basis for the determination of the recall population:
The recall population was determined based on manufacturing records and supplier part production records. The manufacturing range reflects all possible vehicles that could potentially experience the problem.
Description of how the vehicles being recalled differ from similar vehicles not included in the recall:
Vehicles being recalled are equipped with fuel pump modules containing impellers produced during specific periods under specific circumstances (lower density impellers exposed to production solvent drying for longer periods of time). Similar vehicles not included in the recall are equipped with fuel pump modules that were not subject to the above conditions.
Identification of affected component:
Fuel Pump Module
|MDX Sport Hybrid||17045-TZ5-A10|
|Civic Coupe / Coupe Si||17045-TBA-A00|
|Civic Sedan / Sedan Si||17045-TBA-A00|
|Civic Type R||17045-TGH-A01|
|HR-V||17045-T7W-A00 (2WD)||17045-T7X-A01 (AWD)|
Country of Origin: USA and Japan
Manufacturer: DENSO International America, Inc. / DENSO Corporation
Total number of potentially affected vehicles: 628,124
Percentage of affected vehicles that contain the defect: 100%
Affected vehicles may be equipped with a fuel pump module manufactured with low density impellers. If the surface of a lower density impeller is exposed to production solvent drying for longer periods of time, higher levels of surface cracking may occur. These cracks may lead to excessive fuel absorption, resulting in impeller deformation. Over time, if an impeller deforms to a point that it creates sufficient interference with the fuel pump body, the fuel pump becomes inoperative, which may cause illumination of the Malfunction Indicator Lamp in the instrument panel. Fuel pump inoperability could prevent an engine from starting or stall an engine while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
May 21, 2020
September – October 2020
Since the primary contributor to impeller swelling was the development of surface cracks on low density impellers exposed to production solvent drying for longer periods of time, Honda conducted further analysis on impeller density to improve accuracy of the criteria used to determine part toughness. Honda found that the composition of non-resin material (glass fiber and calcium carbonate) in the impeller was highly variable, which led to high variance in impeller density measurements. To minimize variation, the non-resin material was removed with heat application, and the remaining resin material was measured to determine resin density. When applying resin density instead of the overall density to the criteria used to determine part toughness in failed returned field parts, resin density provided increased accuracy in predicting part failure. The updated criteria was then applied to all fuel pump manufacturing lots built during the suspect period to determine the likelihood of part failure.
March 19, 2021
Honda determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety existed and decided to conduct a safety recall to include additional vehicles.
As of March 19, 2021, Honda has received 583 warranty claims, 166 field reports, and no reports of injuries or crashes related to this issue.
Program for remedying the defect:
Registered owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and asked to take their vehicle to an Acura or Honda dealer. The dealer will replace the fuel pump assembly for free. Owners who have paid to have these repairs completed at their own expense will be eligible for reimbursement, in accord with the recall reimbursement plan on file with NHTSA.
The estimated date to start notification to dealers: March 26, 2021
The estimated date to start notifications to owners: May 18, 2021
Representative copies of all notices, bulletins and other communications:
A copy of the dealer service bulletin, the final customer notification letter and other dealer communication will be submitted to your office as soon as possible.
A draft of the owner notification letter will be submitted to your office as soon as possible.
Manufacturer’s campaign number:
YAH = Insight
25 Affected Products
|ACURA||MDX SPORT HYBRID||2019-2020|
3 Associated Documents
Part 573 Defect Information Report
Defect Notice 573 Report
Latest Recalls Documents
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- Product Type: Cleaning Agent
- Package Dimensions: 5.842 L X 5.842 W X 20.32 H (Cm)
- Country Of Origin: United States
- Package Weight: 0.85 Pounds
- Formulated for Use In All Fuel-Injected Gasoline Engines, Including GDI
- Contains Polyetheramine (“PEA”) to Dissolve Carbon Buildup in Combustion Chambers
- Cleans ALL Types of Intake Valves, Including Those Found in PFI, TBI, and GDI Engines
- Safe On Catalytic Converters and Oxygen Sensors
- Not For Use In Diesel Engines
- Cleans, restores, protects the entire fuel system (fuel injectors, carburetors, intake valves and combustion chambers)
- Restores: Lost power, acceleration, lost fuel economy, and operation of the fuel gauge sensor
- Reduces: Rough idle, engine surge, hesitation, and spark plus fouling
- Improves: Cold start performance, and fuel stability for up to one year
- Includes a Formula with Anti-Friction Metal Treatment Technology
- Features Engineering Designed to Treat Metal Surfaces of Both Gasoline and Diesel Fueled Engines
- Offers Molecules that Interact with Metal Surfaces and Chemically Bond to Create a Protective Layer that Reduces Damaging Friction and Heat
- Offers to Protect the Engine Even when the Motor Oil is Not Yet Fully Circulating
- Features a Formula Containing No Solid Particles Such as PTFE Resins, 'Molys', Zinc, Copper, or Graphite
- Helps overcome hard starting, rough idling, stalling, and high exhaust emissions
- Quickly removes deposits from the inside and outside of the carburetor to improve engine performance and fuel economy
- Cleans gum, varnish, and dirt from clogged carburetors and choke valves
- Effectively cleans unpainted metal parts and is quick drying
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