Legally reviewed by: Jessica Anvar Stotz, JD, MBA
Honda is currently recalling over 100,000 vehicles due to a brake-related issue that poses the risk of brake failure. This recall encompasses 124,077 cars across several popular models, including 2020-2021 Civics, 2020-2023 Ridgelines, 2021-2023 Passports, 2021-2022 Pilots, and 2020 Acura MDX.
On June 29, Honda officially notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the problem. According to the manufacturer, the defect centers on a crucial component, the brake master cylinder, which may not have been securely fastened to the brake booster assembly during the manufacturing process.
This oversight can result in loose or missing tie rod nuts within the brake booster assembly. When the brake pedal is applied, this loose fastener can exert a bending load on the brake booster assembly tie rod studs.
Which vehicles are included in the Acura and Honda Brake Master Cylinder Recall?
Honda has listed the following vehicles in this recall:
- 2020-2021 Honda Civic
- 2020-2023 Honda Ridgeline
- 2021-2023 Honda Passport
- 2021-2022 Honda Pilot
- 2020 Acura MDX
This recall affects a total of 124,077 vehicles across these models. Owners of these vehicles are urged to check for notifications and take immediate action to ensure their safety on the road.
How do I know if my vehicle experiences the Acura or Honda brake system problem?
Here is how to find out if your Acura or Honda vehicle is included in the recall:
- Locate Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): The VIN is a unique 17-character identifier for your vehicle. You can find it on the driver’s side dashboard near the windshield or on the driver’s side door frame. It’s also included in your vehicle’s registration documents.
- Visit the Manufacturer’s Website: Go to the official Acura or Honda website. Look for a section related to recalls and safety recalls. Enter your VIN in the designated area to check for any active recalls, including those related to brake system issues.
- Use the NHTSA Website: You can also enter the VIN number to find recalls using this website at NHTSA.gov/Recalls. If there’s an active recall for your vehicle, it will be listed here.
- Contact Customer Service: If you cannot find recall information online, contact Acura or Honda customer service. They can assist you in checking if your vehicle is subject to any recalls, including brake-related ones.
- Check Your Mail: Keep an eye on your mailbox for recall notices from Acura or Honda. Manufacturers often send recall notices to vehicle owners.
Note that your Honda or Acura vehicle may have brake system issues yet isn’t included in any active recalls. If this is the case, we highly recommend taking it for repairs as soon as possible if you notice strange symptoms in your vehicle’s brakes.
Does Honda perform the master cylinder recall fix for free?
Yes, owners of the affected vehicles can have their cars inspected and repaired at no cost. Recall-related repairs, as mandated by law, are provided at no expense to vehicle owners by the manufacturers. This means that if your vehicle is subject to a recall due to safety or manufacturing issues, the manufacturer is legally obliged to cover the cost of inspecting and rectifying the problem.
Letters notifying owners about the Acura brake system recall were set to be mailed on August 7, 2023. Drivers can contact Honda customer service at (888) 234-2138 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for assistance. The recall is identified by Honda with the codes VEU, AEV, and ZET. For more details and information regarding the defect, you can refer to this defect notice available on NHTSA’s website.
What should I do if my Honda’s brakes are defective?
If you suspect your Honda’s brakes are defective, we recommend taking the following steps:
- Check for Recalls: Visit the official Honda Owners website or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. Enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to check for any outstanding recalls related to your vehicle’s brakes.
- Visit an Authorized Honda Dealer: Schedule an appointment with an authorized Honda dealership. If your vehicle is under recall, they will inspect and repair the brakes free of charge, as recalls typically cover repair costs.
- Document the Issue: Keep records of your conversations with Honda customer service, repair receipts, and any communication related to the brake issue for future reference.
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