American Honda is recalling some 8,709 crossovers due to a possible fuel leak. The 2012 Honda Pilot and its upscale platform-mate, the Acura MDX, are affected by this recall, which is expected to begin in mid-March.

2012 Acura MDXAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vent shut float valve cases in the fuel tank assemblies of these vehicles does not meet proper design specifications. Because of this, fuel could leak from the tank, increasing the risk of a fire.

Four other vehicles – the Honda Accord, Odyssey, Ridgeline and Acura ZDX – also share at least some of their underpinnings with the Pilot and MDX, but they are not affected by this recall.

Earlier this week, Honda issued a recall on the 2008 and 2009 model year Odyssey minivan due to liftgate struts with improper gas compression. Over 45,000 minivans are included in that recall, and according to Honda, two injuries have been reported as a result of the liftgate issue.

Follow the jump to read NHTSA's full report about the Pilot/MDX recall. Concerned owners can contact Honda directly at 1-888-327-4236 for more information.
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Vehicle Make / Model / Model Year(s):

ACURA / MDX / 2012
HONDA / PILOT / 2012

Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.)
Mfr's Report Date: FEB 16, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V063000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,709

Summary

HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 PILOT AND ACURA MDX VEHICLES. THE VENT SHUT FLOAT (VSF) VALVE CASE IN THE FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY DOES NOT MEET THE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS.

Consequence

AS A RESULT, FUEL MAY LEAK FROM THE TANK, INCREASING THE RISK OF FIRE.

Remedy

HONDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE VSF ASSEMBLY DATE AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MARCH 13, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-999-1009.

Notes

HONDA'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS S25 AND S26. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      Richard Goebel
      • 2 Years Ago
      8,709 Pilots and MDX`s recalled? I thought they only sold about 150 of these things.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Richard Goebel
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      A_Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Pilot's styling looks like it went backwards in time.
        the.nope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A_Guy
        sort of, it looks like they upscaled the Element nose and put it on the Pilot
          • 2 Years Ago
          @the.nope
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          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @the.nope
          I agree, though I guess in this case 'upscaled' means 'toned down and generic.'
      Diz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good lord. Honda is turning into GM circa 2005.
        fat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Diz
        Actually, Americas was much stronger back in 2005 as compared to now. America was strongest in 1984.
      fat kid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like an old fashioned American SUV rather than a European style crossover like Acadia is. 3rd gen Pilot would be egg shaped though just like every other SUV out there now.
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        fat
        • 2 Years Ago
        Benchmark? Says who?
        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        sure sure, , now that you convinced yourself, try to convince me, hahaha
      fat kid
      • 2 Years Ago
      MDX should be getting a redesign this year no?
      stuck in 90s
      • 2 Years Ago
      2 major problems @ Honda (Acura too) - Fuel Leak and - Creative Beautiful Design Leak I might add Performance cars leak, but that's been long gone !!! i gave up already.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder where they got the valves from...CHINA? And who cheated on the material or assembly or mfr? Honda and all the other OEMs need to do a better job in identifying those components that are critical to vehicle operation/safety and monitoring their suppliers accordingly. BEFORE this crap gets into production vehicles.
        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        hey moron, everytime ther is an asian recall you idiots blame the suppliers (asian american swedish etc,), or the american worker who manufactures these POS but never the manufacturer,,,so what are you idiots saying the manufacturer doesn't exist anymore, these cars just build themselves under the name of honda???? It's the manufacturer idiot!!!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carfan
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      BMW ROCKS!
      • 2 Years Ago
      good thing honda and acura dont garner attention from anyone these days - with or without recall
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BMW ROCKS!
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      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      another day another honda or toyota or nissan recall...stupid americans keep buying the $hit from asia...piss away your money moron americans
        kontroll
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        AB doesn't even mention the 250,000 nissans that were recalled today worldwide for fuel leaks and danger of explosions. I think that would be too much for the asian friendly AB editors to swallow in one day, not to mention that the idiot american asian buying consumer would have a stroke hearing the news
      francis.roldan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow...you are all quick to judge. Consider the fact that Honda recalled cars instead of letting things happen to a larger number of the population like most car makers. Makes me wonder what kind of cars you drive...
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