A recall has been issued for the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX. The recall is merely for the 2012 models, composed of fewer than 9,000 units. The issue is with a faulty case for a valve in the fuel system, which can trigger a fuel leak.
Reason behind recall
Honda is issuing a recall for 2012 model year Pilot crossover SUVs, according to AutoWeek, as well as for the Acura MDX, the Acura SUV that's mostly based on the Honda Pilot. This recall is about an issue with a component in the fuel tank.
The problem is with the case for the vent-shut-float valve on a particular number of Pilot and MDX models. The case does not meet Honda or Acura's design specifications. The valve itself is housed within the gas tank, which means that a component which is not manufactured to the exact specifications can result in a gas leak developing, posing a potential risk for fire.
Automakers are not likely to release the name of the parts supplier that did the problem.
Not a lot of automobiles affected
The recall is thankfully small, as gas leaks are particularly dangerous. There are only 8,709 automobiles named in the recall, according to AutoBlog, though neither Honda nor the National Highway Traffic Security Administration has stated how many Pilots and how many MDX units comprise the total number of automobiles.
Only 2012 automobiles will be part of the recall, which means it most likely only had to do with parts going bad.
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So far, there have been no injuries, accidents or fires reported depending on the problem.
Fix will not cost anything
All affected owners should expect notification by March 13 from Honda and Acura. The vent-shut-float valve will be inspected to see if it is defective. Owners just have to go to their Honda or Acura dealership to get it inspected and fixed for free.
The Honda consumer service hotline for the recall is 800-999-1009. With recall numbers S25 and S26, you can get data on the recall.