Honda Ridgeline, Acura MDX, And Others Recalled For Engine Issues
248,999 Honda and Acura models have been flagged for connecting rod bearing issues, according to a recall issued by the NHTSA on November 8th. The recall covers the Acura TLX (2015-2020), MDX (2016-2020), Honda Pilot (2016 and 2018-2019), Ridgeline (2017 and 2019), and the Honda Odyssey (2018-2019). The common thread here is the V6 engine used by these models.
At the heart of the recall are improper equipment settings used during crankshaft production, which can cause the V6’s connecting rod bearings to seize. It’s a pretty huge issue and one that can lead to engine failure. Other signs of this problem can include stalling, “abnormal engine noise,” stopping while driving, failure to start, or a check engine light, per the NHTSA’s recall notice.
The good news for owners of these vehicles is that Honda and Acura have already started to process warranty claims related to the issue. The report states that as of Nov. 3, 1,450 warranty claims have been processed by Honda. Thankfully, both brands report no injuries or deaths as a result of the failures at this time. However, it is strange that Acura has not reported any claims yet. It’s possible all claims are simply being processed through Honda, or that Acura engines have not yet begun to fail. Whatever the reason, dealers were notified starting in November, and owners will be notified starting January 2nd.
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