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Honda Recall Issued Over Defective Fuel Pumps, Posing Stall Risk

More than 130,000 Honda and Acura vehicles have been recalled due to problems with a defective fuel pump, which may cause the vehicles to experience sudden loss of engine power, increasing the risk of a stall and auto accident.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the Honda fuel pump recall on June 2, impacting 10 different models of Honda and Acura vehicles that are at an increased risk of sudden engine power loss. To date, no accidents or injuries have been reported in relation to the recall.

The recalled vehicles are equipped with a low-pressure fuel pump manufactured with low density impellers which could be prone to failure. According to the NHTSA recall notice, a failure of the fuel pump could cause a sudden and unexpected engine stall.

Honda first learned of the defect in February 2019 after receiving a fuel pump module failure report from the Indian market, leading to an investigation in conjunction with the fuel pump supplier, DENSO International America, Inc.

According to investigators, certain fuel pumps saw increased failure rates if they had spent a large amount of time in transit prior to vehicle assembly.  Throughout the investigation Honda received a total of 183 warranty claims, 68 field reports, and no reports of injuries or crashes related to this issue.

The recall includes 136,057 model year 2018 through 2019 Acura NSX, 2019 Acura RDX, RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid, 2018 through 2019 Honda Accord, Civic Hatchback, Civic Type R and HR-V, 2019 through 2020 Insight and 2019 Fit vehicles

Honda announced it will begin notifying owners and dealers of the fuel pump defect and will provide instructions on how to schedule a free repair appointment at a local dealer, who will be instructed to replace the fuel pump assembly.

To date, a repair schedule has not been released. Customers with additional questions or concerns regarding the recall may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.

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