More than 400,000 newer model year Honda Accord, Acura MDX and Acura TLX vehicles are being recalled due to a risk that particulate matter may collect in the fuel pumps, potentially resulting in a loss of performance and a risk that the vehicles may stall unexpectedly.
The U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the Honda fuel pump recall on February 13, after hundreds of warranty claims were submitted by customers who experienced performance issues or problems with the vehicles cutting off while in motion.
The recalled Honda and Acura vehicles are each equipped with a V6 engine, and a specific fuel pump module that supports fuel injection and performance. The affected pumps may be defective, allowing particulates in fuel to adhere to the internal components.
In the event of the fuel pump may becoming clogged with particles, it may delay fuel delivery to the engine and cause an unexpected stall hazard. If the vehicles are operated at a high ambient temperature without the proper delivery of fuel, it can restrict vehicle acceleration without warning.
Honda announced it has received 731 warranty claims, including 102 field incidents, which have been reported as of January 22, 2019. To date, no injuries or crashes have been reported in relation to the recall.
The recall affects 437,032 model year 2016 through 2018 Acura MDX vehicles, 2015 through 2019 Acura TLX models, and 2015 through 2017 Honda Accord vehicles.
The company indicates it will begin notifying owners of the recall and will provide instructions on how to schedule a repair appointment at their local dealer. Dealers will be instructed to update the fuel injection control unit, and if necessary replace the fuel pump free of charge.
Customers with additional questions or concerns regarding the recall may contact Honda Customer Service at 1-888-234-2138 and reference the recall P3W for Acura vehicles and N3X for impacted Honda vehicles.