Honda Averts Possible Disaster Over New Pilot And Passport Incomplete Body Weld Glitch
Honda averted a possible disaster with the new Pilot and Passport models by catching a manufacturing glitch in time. American Honda is recalling 2019-2020 Honda Pilot SUVs and new 2019 Honda Passport models over an incomplete body weld. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in the event of a crash, inadequate protection increases the risk of injury.
What’s the issue with Pilot and Passport?
It’s not the first welding issue the automaker has had. This issue involved the front frame left and right side upper members on Pilot and Passport that may not have been welded completely to the unibody. The NHTSA says these vehicles may fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 208, "Occupant Crash Protection" and 219, "Windshield Zone Intrusion.”
2020 Honda Pilot
What is the Remedy?
Honda caught this one in time as only 10 vehicles total are affected by the manufacturing assembly line glitch. There is no remedy for this issue as vehicles cannot be fixed or repaired. The affected models will be sent back to the factory and inspected. Affected vehicles will not be re-sold and owners could get a new vehicle from American Honda. Imagine if this issue was not caught quickly.
The 2019 Honda Passport was manufactured on 10-7-2019 and 2019 Honda Pilots were built between May 29, 2019, and June 10, 2019. 2020 Honda Pilots were produced between July 30, 2019, and September 30, 2019. As of October 30, 2019, Honda reports that have not received any warranty claims or field reports, nor any reports of injuries related to this issue.
2019 Honda Passport
What should owners do?
Registered owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail or email and asked to take their vehicle to a Honda automobile dealer. If the vehicle is identified as missing some welds, the dealer will offer to repurchase the vehicle or provide a similar replacement vehicle.
The estimated date to start notifications to owners is December 13, 2019. If you suspect you could be the owner of one of the 2019-2020 Honda Pilot or 2019 Honda Passport models, you may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is X6J.
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