Tens of thousands of Hondas recalled over fuel pump defect

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Tens of thousands of Hondas are being recalled due to a fuel pump defect.

The federal transport department said the manufacturing error could cause the engine to stall while driving, or fail to start, in 52,051 cars.

All variants of nine common Honda models built from 2017 to 2020 are affected — Accord, City, Civic, Civic Type R, CR-V, Honda Odyssey, HR-V, Jazz and NSX.

“Due to an improper manufacturing process, a component within the fuel pump could swell causing the fuel pump to become inoperative,” the government recall notice read.

“If the fuel pump stops working, this could stop the engine from starting or stall the engine while driving. This may increase the risk of an accident and may result in serious injury to vehicle occupants and/or other road users.

“Warning: The hazard posed to consumers from this safety defect includes the risk of an accident resulting in serious injury or death.”

Owners will be contacted by mail and told to take their car to a Honda service centre.

A list of the 52,051 cars’ vehicle identification numbers can be seen here.

But the recall notice issued this week is in fact a renotification of the same issue, which sprung up in July 2020.

Honda Australia has been approached for comment, specifically why the same issue is the subject of another recall notice.

Honda Australia was fined $6m in December for misleading or deceptive conduct, relating to customers of three former authorised Honda dealerships in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia.

The ACCC alleged that between about January 2021 and June 2021, Honda Australia represented to customers of the dealerships that the dealerships would close or had closed and would no longer service Honda vehicles when this was not the case.