Honda Recalls the 2018 Honda Pilot for timing belt concerns

American Honda is recalling about 94,000 model-year 2018-2019 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX vehicles and 2019 Honda Odyssey, Honda Ridgeline, Acura TLX, Acura RLX, and RLX Hybrid vehicles due to timing-belt concerns.

Due to a manufacturing error, certain timing belts—which synchronize an engine’s mechanical operation—might lose their teeth. Without them, an engine might not operate precisely and could stall. (Learn more about timing belts and engines in the CR Car Repair Encyclopedia.)

Honda and Acura dealers will inspect the engines, and if needed, replace the timing belt free. Honda says it will repair any damage related to this potential problem at no charge.

The automaker says no crashes or injuries related to this problem have been reported.  

The Details

Vehicles recalled:

• 2018-2019 Acura MDX
• 2019 Acura RLX, RLX Hybrid
• 2019 Acura TLX
• 2019 Honda Odyssey
• 2018-2019 Honda Pilot
• 2019 Honda Ridgeline

The problem: Teeth on the engine timing belt may separate, risking a stall or crash.

The fix: Honda and Acura dealerships will inspect the timing belts and replace them, if needed, free.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call Honda customer service at 888-234-2138. Also, owners of these models can also determine if their specific vehicles are included in the recall by going to recalls.honda.com or recalls.acura.com.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V-298. Honda's number for this recall is L4M. Acura's number for this recall is Z4L.

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