- Honda and Acura have announced the recall of a quarter-million vehicles over a problem that could cause the connecting rod bearing to seize, potentially causing the engine to stall or not allowing it to start.
- The recall will include the 2016, 2018, and 2019 Pilot SUV; the 2018–19 Odyssey minivan; the 2017 and 2019 Ridgeline pickup; and the 2015–2020 Acura TLX and 2016–2020 Acura MDX.
- Owners should be alert for unusual engine noise and watch for the check engine light to come on, Honda said.
Honda and Acura have announced the recall of nearly 250,000 vehicles to fix a crankshaft defect that could lead to a seized connecting rod bearing. The automaker said the result could be that “the engine can be damaged and run improperly, stall, stop while driving, and/or not start.”2017 Acura MDX.Chris Doane AutomotiveThe automaker said, in recall documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that the problem was caused when improper equipment settings were used during crankshaft production: “The crank pin was improperly ground, resulting in crank pins with a crown or convex shape that are out of specification.” The recall report states that Honda has received 1450 warranty claims but no reports of injuries or fatalities as a result of this issue. It also says it expects only about 1 percent of recalled vehicles will be found to have the defect.In a release describing the recall, Honda said owners should pay attention to the check engine light and listen for unusual engine sounds. Owners of recalled vehicles will be sent notices starting January 2, 2024. In the meantime, those looking to see whether their Honda or Acura vehicle is included in the recall can check the NHTSA recalls site or the Honda and Acura recall lookup pages for owners.
Digital DirectorLaura Sky Brown has been involved in automotive media for a very long time, and she sees it as her calling to guard the legacy and help ensure the continued high quality of Car and Driver. She was one of the first staffers at Automobile Magazine in the ’80s and has worked for many other car magazines and websites as a writer, editor, and copy editor ever since. It has been her privilege to edit many of the greats of automotive journalism over the years, including the ones who currently write for C/D.