Honda Recalls Pilot SUV, Acuras, Ridgeline Pickup for Belt Flaw

May 01, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling certain 2018-2019 Acura MDX and Honda Pilot SUVs, Ridgeline pickup trucks and other Acuras because a timing belt defect could cause a stall and crash.

The 2018-2019 Pilot accounts for more than half the 93,946 vehicles recalled. The recall also includes 2019 Acura RLX, RLX Sport Hybrid and TLX and Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline vehicles.

A manfucturing flaw could cause the timing belt teeth to separate from the belt. Honda estimates that about 1 percent of the recalled vehicles have the defect. No crashes or injuries have been reported due to the issue, Honda told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Honda and Acura dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace any affected timing belt without charge. The engine also will be inspected. Any damaged components will be replaced for free. The recall is expected to begin June 1. The NHTSA recall number is 19V-298.

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