Honda Passport, Pilot, Ridgeline Being Recalled for Hood Problem
- Honda has announced a recall of 724,826 Passport, Pilot, and Ridgeline vehicles over a problem with the hood that could cause it to open unexpectedly during driving.
- The 2019 Passport, 2016–2019 Pilot, and 2017–2020 Ridgeline are affected, but no accidents or injuries have been reported to date.
- Owners will be notified starting in mid-January to take their truck or SUV in for a fix.
Honda has announced that it will recall 724,826 trucks and SUVs to fix a problem with the hood. In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Honda said the hood latch’s striker “may become damaged and separate from the hood, which can result in the hood opening while driving.”
Honda issued a statement saying that a gap between the closed hood of a vehicle and its upper grille may incorrectly be “too large to allow full contact” between the hood and the rubber seal, which is intended to reduce vibration and prevent airflow between hood and grille. This may cause the hood to move more than was intended, in which case the hood striker and possibly the hood itself could become damaged, and the hood could come open while the vehicle is in motion. Honda specifically said the problem could occur “over time with high-speed highway driving.” However, there have been no injuries or accidents reported as a result of the issue.
The automaker’s chronology statement explains that Honda opened a technical service bulletin on the issue in late 2017 and confirmed the cause earlier in 2021. Honda stated it has made adjustments to production settings for the hood latch and the hood and grille seal, and the recall involves vehicles built before production changes were made.
Honda issued a stop-sale order to dealers on November 30, asking them to check and reinforce the hood latch or in some cases replace the hood on vehicles not yet sold. Owners of recalled vehicles will get notifications by mail in mid-January, and Honda will examine and repair vehicles at no charge. Dealers will check and reinforce the hood striker area and, if they find related hood damage, may replace the entire hood.
The recall includes 557,309 Pilot, 148,813 Ridgeline, and 18,704 Passport vehicles. To find out whether a vehicle is subject to the recall, owners can check the NHTSA recalls website or Honda’s own recall site.