Honda SUVs recalled for fuel-tank fix
Odyssey also recalled to replace power-tailgate struts
DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co. is recalling about 8,700 copies of the 2012 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX SUVs to fix a problem in the fuel tank.
The flaw is with the vent-shut-float valve case in the fuel-tank assembly. Honda says the part doesn't meet the proper design specifications, which could result in a fuel leak and possibly a fire.
Honda will notify dealers and owners of affected vehicles. Dealers will inspect the assembly and replace it if necessary. The recall is expected to begin on March 13.
Honda says the gas-filled struts that support the tailgate are prone to early failure. This could lead to the tailgate closing unexpectedly. Two injuries related to the problem have been reported.
Owners of affected vehicles can also go to www.safercar.gov to check out the recall or call the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236.