A total of 136,057 vehicles are being recalled from the Honda and Acura lineup in the United States due to reports concerning fuel pump problems. Globally, the defect affects about 1.4 million vehicles.
The recall includes vehicles from the 2018 to 2020 model years such as the Acura NSX, RDX, RLX, and RLX hybrid, as well as the Honda Accord, Civic hatchback, Civic Type R, HR-V, Fit, and Insight.
On top of the recall, a stop-sale order has also been issued, which means none of the affected models will be sold from any of the automakers’ authorized dealers.
According to the recall report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel pumps, which were supplied by Denso, were “exposed to production solvent drying for longer periods of time” during the manufacturing process.
This could lead to surface cracking and excessive fuel absorption, which could then cause the impeller to become deformed and eventually fail. When the fuel pump fails, there is a chance for the vehicle to stall during driving, increasing the risk of accidents.
Honda, however, clarified it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the problem.
The NHTSA report specified a certain batch of fuel pumps to be defective, but went on to state that other vehicles fitted with fuel pumps produced outside of those dates do not have the problem.
To fix the issue, the company advised customers to bring their vehicles to a dealer where defective fuel pumps will be replaced with a new one free of charge. Dealers were also instructed to return the fuel pump modules in their inventory.
Honda will begin sending recall notifications to its customers by the end of July.