(Hill) – Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) say thousands of SUVs and pickup trucks are being recalled due to safety issues with the hood.
NHTSA said in a recall notice this week that more than 724,000 Honda vehicles are affected in the recall for some 2016-2019 Pilot SUV and 2019 Passport models, in addition to certain 2017-2020 Ridgeline pickup trucks.
“The gaps in the front gasket between the hood and the grill allow air to get in, potentially causing roof vibration at highway speeds. Over time, roof vibration can form stress fractures along the roof pin bar and separate the roof pin bar from the hood.” Honda Motor Company of America said in a statement.
If the hood latch is detached, Honda says, it could allow the hood to pop out.
According to the document published According to the Transportation Safety Board, “as of November 19, Honda has received 116 warranty claims and there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue.”
NHTSA says customers will receive a letter from Honda by January 17, and their dealer will replace the hood or door latch free of charge.
The agency said in published documents that during durability testing of a Ridgeline SUV prototype in July 2016, officials discovered a stress crack in the hood latch. However, officials placed adhesive on the striker, apparently to fix the problem, and no additional investigation was conducted after that until 2017.
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