Honda Ridgeline Recall Issued Over Potential Fuel Leaks
More than 100,000 Honda Ridgeline trucks have been recalled due to corrosion problems which may results in fuel leaks and increase the risk of a vehicle fire in the event of an auto accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the Honda Ridgeline recall on June 21, impacting pickup trucks from the 2006 through 2014 model years, where the fuel tank may detach due to rear frame corrosion.
Road salt used to melt ice and snow in many Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States can accumulate under the frame, along with dirt and mud, resulting in accelerated rusting of the mounting surface and fuel tank mounting bands, according to the recall notice. This can lead to an unsecured fuel tank being prone to detach if the undercarriage is impacted with sufficient force, increasing the risk of a fuel leak and possible vehicle fire.
There have been no reported injuries, crashes, fuel leaks, or fires related to this recall.
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Approximately 112,060 model year 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline pick-up trucks are included in the recall, which were registered in the “Frost Belt”, an informal region of the United States known for icy winters, heavy snowfall, and cold. The specific states include Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
Honda and the NHTSA indicate owners of recalled pick-up trucks can bring their vehicles to an authorized Honda dealership to undergo an inspection. If rear frame corrosion and/or fuel tank damage is discovered it will be repaired free of charge. In some cases where the corrosion damage is too severe, Honda may offer to repurchase the vehicle.
American Honda will mail official notifications of the recall to owners of affected vehicles beginning in August. Owners who wish to determine if their vehicles are included in the recall and consumers with questions can call Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138 or visit www.recalls.honda.com.
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