Honda Recalls SUVs, Trucks Because Their Hoods Could Open While Driving

The Passport, Pilot, and Ridgeline are included in the recall

2019 Honda Pilot Elite Photo: Honda

Honda is recalling nearly 725,000 vehicles, including the 2019 Passport SUV, 2016-2019 Pilot SUV, and 2017-2020 Ridgeline pickup truck, because their hoods could open while driving.

The issue is due to a combination of factors, including a faulty hood latch design and a gap between the hood and the vehicle grille. If too much air enters that gap, it could cause the hood to vibrate and weaken the hood latch striker. Over time, the latch striker could detach and the hood could open while the vehicle is in motion, blocking the driver’s view of the road.

In a statement, the automaker says that there have been no crashes or injuries related to the issue, but that there have been 116 related warranty claims.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 724,826 vehicles in total, including the 2019 Passport SUV, 2016-2019 Pilot SUV, and 2017-2020 Ridgeline pickup truck.

The problem: Air entering a gap between the hood and the grille could cause the hood latch striker to weaken and potentially separate. If this happens, the hood could open while the vehicle is in motion. Honda has been investigating the issue since July 2016, and issued a technical service bulletin in December 2017.

The fix: Depending on the individual vehicle, Honda dealerships may repair the hood, install a striker support plate, or even completely replace the hood with a new part. These repairs will be performed free of charge. Owners who have already paid for a related repair should contact their Honda dealership about a reimbursement.

How to contact the manufacturer: Honda will mail notification letters to owners of affected vehicles starting January 17, 2022. Owners may also contact Honda at 888-234-2138.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V932. Honda’s own number for this recall is PBV.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.