Recall: Honda and Nissan Fuel Systems Leaks; Fire Potential
Both Honda and Nissan have issued recalls regarding vehicle fuel systems. Honda Pilot and Acura MDX SUV models are affected by the Honda recall and several Nissan models including some Juke crossovers and Infiniti QX 56 SUVs are affected by the Nissan recall. No word whether any of the Nissan recalls affect U.S.-bound models.
Honda is recalling certain 2012 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX models because the Vent Shut Float (VSF) valve case located in the fuel tank assembly does not meet Honda's design specs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Problem: The vent shut float valve case may leak fuel from the tank which could increase the risk of fire on certain 2012 Honda Pilot and 2012 Acura MDX models. Increased fire risk could lead to injury or death.
The Fix: Honda will begin notifying owners of 2012 Honda Pilot and 2012 Acura MDX models as well as dealers around the March 13, 2012. Dealers will inspect the VSF assembly and replace the fuel tank assembly for free if necessary. Concerned owners can also contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Honda says as many as 8709 2012 Honda Pilot and 2012 Acura MDX models may be affected. No reported deaths or injuries have been linked to the recall.
Nissan is recalling certain global models including Juke crossovers built in Britain; Serena minvans, Infiniti M and QX models built in Japan; March/Micra hatchbacks built in India; and Tiida subcompacts built in China for a fuel system fix.
The Problem: Fuel rails in direct-injection engines could have a "mechanical glitch" which in extreme cases could cause a fuel leak, according to Reuters. On certain models, an insufficiently tightened fuel rail pressure sensor could gradually loosen contributing to the fuel leak. A fuel leak could lead to an increased fire risk possibly resulting in injury or death.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Nissan says as many as 250,000 Juke crossovers, Serena minivans, Infiniti M sedans, Infiniti QX SUVs, March/Micra hatchbacks, and Tiida subcompacts between August 2009 and January 2012 may be affected. Approximately 93,000 vehicles affected by the recall are in Japan. No reported deaths or injuries have been linked to the recall, a Nissan spokesman told Reuters.
Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Reuters