‘Manufacturing error’ steers Honda recall of nearly 250k vehicles for engine stalls while driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it was forced to recall 248,999 Honda vehicles due to a manufacturing error.

According to NHTSA, the manufacturing issue could cause connecting rod bearings in the engines of affected vehicles to wear and seize, damaging the engines and causing them to not operate properly or stall while driving. This increases the risk of fire, collision, and injury.

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Safety regulators say drivers should be on the lookout for unusual engine noises, engine stalls or reduced engine power due to illuminating check engine lights.

An employee wears a Honda badge on a white coat at the Honda Motor Company plant in Marysville, Ohio, on November 10, 2016. (Ty Wright/via Bloomberg/Getty Images)

According to NHTSA, equipment used to manufacture the engine’s crankshafts was improperly configured during manufacture, resulting in crank pins with out-of-specification crowns and convex shapes.

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Meanwhile, Honda has confirmed 1,450 warranty claims related to manufacturing defects, but no injuries have been reported. Owners will be notified by email from January 2nd of his. The dealer will inspect, repair, or replace the engine as necessary.

The recall includes certain Honda Pilot SUVs and Odyssey minivans manufactured from 2018 to 2019, certain Ridgeline pickup trucks manufactured from 2017 to 2019, and certain vehicles manufactured from 2016 to 2020. This is a manufactured Acura TLX car.

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This recall also affects some Acura MDX SUVs produced between 2016 and 2020.

Safety regulators say owners who make these repairs at their own expense will be eligible for reimbursement pursuant to a recall reimbursement plan registered with NHTSA.


In June, the company announced a recall for approximately 1.2 million vehicles in the United States due to the possibility that rearview camera images may not be displayed on the dashboard screen.

The recall included certain 2018-2023 Odyssey minivans, 2019-2022 Pilot SUVs, and 2019-2023 Passport SUVs.