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Honda recalls SUVs and pickups because hoods can fly open

The recall covers certain 2019 Passports, 2016 through 2019 Pilots and 2017 through 2020 Ridgeline pickups
Credit: American Honda Motor Co., Inc
2019 Honda Passport

WASHINGTON — Honda is recalling nearly 725,000 SUVs and pickup trucks because the hoods can open while the vehicles are moving.

The recall covers certain 2019 Passports, 2016 through 2019 Pilots and 2017 through 2020 Ridgeline pickups. Honda says in documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators that the hood latch striker can become damaged and separate from the hood.

Dealers will either repair the striker or replace the hood if necessary at no cost to owners. Honda will notify owners by letter starting Jan. 17.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is PBV. 

Honda said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Honda noticed a problem with the hood latch in 2016 and had remedied the issue at that point. Later inspection indicated that vibration caused the problem to reoccur. 

As of November 19, 2021, Honda has received 116 warranty claims and no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue.

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