American Honda Motor Company is recalling 628,124 Acura and Honda vehicles because the low-pressure fuel pump inside the gas tank may fail. According to Consumer Reports, fuel pump components in the tank could crack due to exposure to solvents during manufacturing. Fuel pump failure can cause an engine not to start or stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Details of the Recall
Several models of 2018-2020 cars, minivans, and SUVs may have these fuel pumps with defective parts. A serious problem may cause the warning light to turn on in the instrument cluster. Honda has said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition. The automaker will begin to notify owners starting mid-May.
After receiving the notification, they can take their vehicle to an Acura or Honda dealership to have the fuel pump replaced free of charge. Owners who had this condition repaired previously are eligible for reimbursement. Vehicle owners with questions are asked to contact Honda customer service at 888-234-2138. If you’re not sure if your vehicle is included in this recall, plug in your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website.
Symptoms and Risks
The fuel pump is an important vehicle component that delivers fuel from the gas tank to the engine at the appropriate pressure. The fuel pump is activated and pressurized when the ignition is turned on. Because the fuel pump is the component responsible for supplying the engine with the fuel required for it to run, any problems with it can cause major drivability and performance problems.
Here are a few common signs of a failing or malfunctioning fuel pump:
- A whining noise from the fuel tank.
- Difficulty starting the vehicle
- Poor vehicle performance. The vehicle may experience misfires, loss in power and acceleration, a decrease in fuel efficiency and engine stalling.
- A more serious symptom of an issue with the fuel pump is when the vehicle doesn’t start.
If your vehicle displays any of the symptoms above, or you suspect that your fuel pump may have an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician to determine if the pump should be replaced. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a vehicle defect, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced auto defect lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.