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2016-2019 Honda Pilot recalled due to panel comp hood issues

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Japan has announced the voluntary recall of 2016-2019 Honda Pilot units for a possible replacement of the panel comp hood. Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. will in turn conduct a Recall Preventive Measure Campaign for 137 units of Honda Pilot sold in the country.

Findings show that due to an improper hood to grill gap setting at the time of vehicle manufacturing, the hood latch may experience higher than expected load under certain driving conditions. Strong air pressure forced through this gap may cause the hood to vibrate which, over time, may cause the area surrounding the hood latch striker to crack and potentially dislodge, presenting a risk for the hood to open while driving and increasing the risk of a crash.

In the country, no crashes and injuries have been reported with regards to this issue but Honda will still proceed with the reinforcement or replacement of the panel comp hood. This is free of charge for vehicle owners, and will only take 30 minutes if only reinforcement is needed, or 2 days if a replacement is necessary.

HCPI seeks the cooperation of Honda Pilot owners to visit their website where they may log their vehicle frame numbers to check if their unit is included.

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