Honda recently issued a recall for some of its models. The recall affects nearly 250,000 vehicles, including some from the automaker’s luxury Acura line, for potential engine damage that can render the vehicles undrivable, posing a risk of a fire, crash, and/or injury. Affected Honda vehicles include 2018 and 2019 Odyssey minivans; 2016, 2018, and 2019 Pilot SUVs; and 2017 and 2019 Ridgeline pickup trucks. Affected Acura vehicles include 2016-2020 MDX SUVs and 2015-2020 TLX sedans.

The issue involves the rods that link the pistons with the crankshaft, which are component parts that make the engine run. The pins attaching the rods to the crankshaft may have been improperly ground during production. If a rod loosens or breaks, this can damage the engine and cause it to run improperly or stall while driving, thereby increasing the risk of a fire, crash, and/or injury. Honda confirmed 1,450 affected vehicle warranty claims related to the manufacturing defects. While there have been no reported injuries to date, this recall poses a significant safety risk to drivers and occupants of the affected vehicles.

Honda stated it will begin notifying owners of involved vehicles beginning January 2, 2024, to bring their vehicles into a Honda or Acura service center for inspection and repairs, which could include a complete engine replacement if necessary.

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of engine damage from a recalled 2018 or 2019 Honda Odyssey minivans; 2016, 2018, or 2019 Honda Pilot SUV; 2017 or 2019 Ridgeline pickup truck; 2016-2020 Acura MDX SUV; or 2015-2020 Acura TLX sedans, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll free at 1 800-870-9584.