American Honda Motor Company will recall almost 1,000 Acura vehicles that can leak fuel and catch fire.
The Torrance, California-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) they will recall 967 2017 Acura NSX and 2018 Acura NSX vehicles built between March 21, 2016 and March 5, 2018.
Honda’s report states an improper manufacturing process resulted in insufficiently welded crossover inlet pipe couplers. Vibration and heat cycling can make the couplers separate from the fuel tank, letting fuel leak and increase fire risk.
Honda’s recall chronology states they first received fuel leak reports in December 2017. The company acquired the tank and began an investigation. They received additional fuel leak reports from February to March 2018. The fuel tank supplier, U.S. Yachiyo Inc. of Marion, Ohio, told Honda in April 2018 that weld specifications for melt depth and pressed-in amount could not be controlled.
Honda engineers continued their investigation, confirming first in May 2018 that Yachiyo’s welding heater was set at an improper angle, and that the jigs used during fuel tank welding were unable to properly secure the tanks.
Honda determined on Aug. 30, 2018 to conduct a safety recall.
Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the left and right fuel tanks, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Nov. 6, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are U29, and Z28. Honda consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website, and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys assist their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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