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Acura & Honda Fuel Pump Recall: Can You File a Lawsuit in 2024?

May 31, 2024

Overview

Honda has issued a recall reflecting its commitment to safety and accountability, setting an example for the entire automotive industry. The recall addresses malfunctioning fuel pumps that pose a significant risk of failure.

The initial recall was issued in 2020 for several 2018-2020 vehicles. It was expanded in 2021 to include additional models, and a third recall occurred in 2023. These actions are taken to ensure safety for both owners and manufacturers.

Who: The recall affects 2.54 million vehicles in the United States. This follows recalls of 628,000 U.S. vehicles in 2021 and 136,000 in 2020 for the same issue.

Why: Improperly molded fuel pumps have caused some vehicles to become inoperable, either failing to start or stalling during operation.

Where: The recall is effective across the United States.

What is the Issue with the Honda and Acura Fuel Pump Recall?

The issue with the Honda and Acura models involves malfunctioning fuel pumps in several models. This directly impacts engine performance, leading to problems such as engine stalling.

Recall Details:

  • Vehicles affected: Approximately 2.6 million in the U.S.
  • Defect: Improperly molded fuel pump impellers
  • Risk: Potential engine stall or failure to start
  • Solution: Free replacement of defective fuel pumps

Vehicle owners will receive notifications about the recall starting in early February 2024. However, replacement parts availability is currently limited.

Affected Honda and Acura Models Due to Fuel Pump Issues

Several models are impacted by faulty fuel pumps with impellers that may deform due to low density. These vehicles are subject to a recall to resolve the defects by replacing the part at no cost.

Honda:

  • Accord: 2018-2020, including Accord Hybrid models from 2017-2020
  • Civic: Coupe, Sedan, and Hatchback from 2018-2020, including the Civic Type R
  • Clarity Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV): 2018-2019
  • CR-V: Including both standard and Hybrid versions, 2018-2020
  • Fit: 2018-2019
  • HR-V: 2018-2020
  • Insight: 2019-2020
  • Odyssey: 2018-2020
  • Passport: 2019-2020
  • Pilot: 2017-2020
  • Ridgeline: 2018-2020

Acura:

  • ILX: 2018-2020
  • MDX: 2018-2020, including the MDX Sport Hybrid
  • RDX: 2018-2020
  • RLX: 2018-2020
  • TLX: 2018-2020
  • NSX: 2017-2020

How Do Fuel Pump Issues Affect Vehicle Safety and Performance?

The fuel pump recall was initiated promptly in 2020, with subsequent recalls in 2021 and 2023, emphasizing the potential risks and necessary rectifications. The malfunctioning fuel pump can lead to operational failures, causing vehicles to stall unexpectedly or fail to start, posing significant safety hazards.

Signs of Fuel Pump Defects:

  • Diagnostic Trouble Codes: P0174 or P0171 codes indicate an inadequate fuel-to-air ratio.
  • Whining Noise: Unusual sounds from the fuel tank or rear seat area.
  • Engine Performance Issues: Difficulty starting, hesitations, power loss during acceleration or climbing, and unexpected stalling, especially at elevated coolant temperatures.

Determining Recall Status for Honda and Acura Vehicles

It’s crucial to keep track of your vehicle’s recall status. While manufacturers provide updates, it’s your responsibility to stay informed.

To check recall status:

  • Check Online: Visit recalls.acura.com or recalls.honda.com.
  • Contact Customer Service: Call (888) 234-2138 for assistance.
  • VIN Lookup: Use your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website or the recall pages mentioned above.

Notifications will be issued in February 2024, with replacements provided at no cost by dealers. Owners should have their vehicles checked and repaired as needed.

Understanding Your Rights Under the Lemon Law

If you have experienced issues with your vehicle and the manufacturer or dealer has made multiple unsuccessful repair attempts, you are protected under the California Lemon Law. This law ensures you receive a fair resolution, which may include a refund, a replacement vehicle, or monetary compensation.

Work with Honda and Acura Lemon Law Experts

At Sage Law Group, we specialize in navigating lemon law cases for our clients. If you are struggling with your vehicle and need assistance under the lemon law, contact us. Our experienced lawyers will guide you through the process and provide a complimentary case assessment. We are committed to resolving your vehicle issues and achieving the best outcome for you.

We are pleased to assist you with all your Lemon Law cases.

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