2012 Honda Pilot, Acura MDX: Recall Alert

February 23, 2012

Honda is recalling certain 2012 model year Honda Pilot and Acura MDX SUVs over concerns about a possible fuel leak.

2012 Acura MDX

2012 Acura MDX

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 8,709. Documentation from Honda indicates the dates of manufacture on the 2012 Pilot are from mid-December 2011 through January 11, 2012 and from mid-December 2011 through January 8, 2012 on the 2012 Acura MDX.

The problem

According to the NHTSA bulletin, the issue is that the vent shut float (VSF) valve case in the affected SUVs’ fuel tank assembly does not meet design specification.

Documentation from the automaker indicates that the VSF was molded using a composite material that was not up to design spec. The material used has a higher melting point and as a result may not have achieved proper weld penetration when the VSF cover was laser welded to the VSF body.

An insufficient weld may cause the VSF case, which is affixed inside the fuel tank, to detach. The potential consequence is that fuel may overflow from the tank or leak from the tank, increasing fire risk.

What Honda will do

Honda is notifying owners of affected 2012 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX SUVs and dealers will first inspect the date of the VSF assembly and will replace the fuel tank assembly, if necessary, at no charge. The Honda safety recall campaign is expected to begin on or about March 13, 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2012 Honda Pilot or 2012 Acura MDX SUVs with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Reference Honda safety recall campaign numbers S25, S26.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V063000.

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