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Honda and Acura recall 124,077 vehicles due to potential brake failure

Models included in the recall consist of the Civic, Ridgeline, Passport, Pilot and MDX

MAY 2023 — — Honda and Acura are recalling 124,077 total vehicles across numerous model lines due to a part in the brake system that was potentially improperly assembled, which could ultimately lead to brake failure.

The models affected include the 2020-2021 Honda Civic, 2020-2023 Ridgeline, 2021-2023 Passport, 2021-2022 Pilot and the 2020 Acura MDX.

As for the issue itself, Honda says the brake master cylinder “may have been improperly fastened to the brake booster assembly during production.” Specifically, the tie rod fastener is the problem point. Honda says that if it was improperly assembled, that could result in loose or missing tie rod nuts. If this is the case, when you hit the brakes, a bending load can be placed on the brake booster tie rod studs, which could in turn cause the tie rod studs to break. This then allows the brake master cylinder to separate from the brake booster, which Honda says could result in diminished or lost brake function.

Honda says it received a report of brake failure on a 2021 Pilot last year, which prompted the company’s investigation. There are no crashes, injuries or deaths related to this issue, according to Honda, but it has received two related warranty claims since September 2022.

Owner notifications are scheduled to begin on August 7 this year. Honda says it will inspect and replace any missing nuts, and if any brake booster assembly components are damaged, those will be replaced, too.

2020-2021 Honda Civic
2020-2023 Honda Ridgeline
2021-2023 Honda Passport
2021-2022 Honda Pilot
2020 Acura MDX

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Potential Number of Units Affected: 124,077
Report Receipt Date: June 29, 2023

Loose Fastener on Brake Booster Assembly
Brake master cylinder separation can cause a loss of brake function and increase the risk of a crash.

JUNE 2023 — Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Civic, 2020-2023 Ridgeline, 2021-2023 Passport, 2021-2022 Pilot, and 2020 Acura MDX vehicles. The tie rod fastener that connects the brake booster and the brake master cylinder may have been improperly assembled during manufacturing, which can cause the brake master cylinder to separate from the booster assembly. Dealers will inspect and repair the brake booster assembly as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed August 7, 2023. Honda’s numbers for this recall are VEU, AEV, and ZET.

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