According to a recent report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), American Honda is recalling some 2019 Honda CR-V compact vehicles due to a faulty fuel tank joint weld. NHTSA says if the weld fails it could allow fuel to leak, increasing the risk of fire in the presence of an ignition source. If you own a CR-V, keep your cigarette butts in the car.
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The NHTSA says the potential number of 2019 Honda CR-Vs affected now are 134 vehicles. While it’s not a large number, American Honda Motor Co. doesn’t expect to complete initial customer notification of the popular compact SUV until sometime in mid-September 2019.
2019 Honda CR-V
The CR-V issue is due to a potential fuel tank vapor return joint weld failure. Honda says during fuel tank manufacturing at the supplier, the vent pipe on the evaporative return line was not properly welded to the fuel tank and may separate. If this happens, customers may notice a fuel smell or a leak coming from the vehicle.
The joint weld between the fuel tank and the vapor return line was insufficiently welded on certain 2019 CR-Vs. The report says over time, vibrations and heat cycling can cause the weld to separate, potentially resulting in a fuel leak.
In July, the supplier informed American Honda that in December 2018, two replacement welding stations were installed on the manufacturing line and a quality check system was not implemented on the new tooling. The absence of a quality check system, along with errors in operation, allowed the insufficiently welded fuel tanks to enter the market.
What should customers do?
Registered owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and asked to take their vehicle to a Honda automobile dealer. The dealer will replace the fuel tank for free. Because the new vehicle limited warranty on all affected vehicles would have provided a free repair for the problem addressed by this recall, without any payment by the owner, reimbursement for pre-notification repairs will not be offered.
Owner notification is expected to begin on or about September 16, 2019. 2019 Honda CR-V owners can check on all recalls here or may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is A5I.
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