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Car Wash Soap Could Seriously Harm Your Honda Ridgeline

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Over 100,000 vehicles are potentially affected.

Car recalls are a routine part of the auto industry to rectify all manner of faults. Some are more serious and widespread than others, but if there's a potential fire risk an automaker isn't going to take any chances. The reason for this recall of the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck is unusual, though.

According to the NHTSA, exposure to acids, including car wash soaps, could result in the fuel pump feet port in certain Honda Ridgeline models cracking. If this happens, it could cause a fuel leak and thus increase the risk of a fire.

In total, Honda is recalling 106,683 Ridgelines affected by this defect from the model years 2017, 2018, and 2019. Once recalled, Honda dealers will inspect the fuel pumps for cracks or other signs of wear. If there are no signs of damage, dealers will install a cover kit to protect the fuel cover. If damage to the fuel pump is discovered, however, the part will be replaced and then fitted with a cover kit for protection.

Honda says a small number of the affected Ridgelines will likely need new fuel pumps. Most owners will simply need to have the cover installed. All work carried out will be done free of charge. Honda will begin notifying owners of the recall by mail from March 7, while owners are advised to contact Honda for more details.

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In a separate campaign, Honda is also recalling around 437,000 vehicles due to an unrelated fuel pump issue caused by sodium particulates in gasoline sticking to internal components that could cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of an accident. The recall covers 2016-2018 Acura MDXs, 2015-2019 Acura TLX V6s and 2015-2017 Honda Accord V6s.

To fix this issue, affected vehicles will need to have their software updated, and in some cases, have their fuel pumps replaced. Honda has not received any reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue and will begin notifying owners at the end of March. vehicles' software needs to be updated, and in some cases, have their fuel pumps replaced.

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