Honda is recalling certain recent Pilot and Passport SUVs and Ridgeline pickups due to a potentially defective hood latch that could cause the hood to open while the vehicle is in motion.
The recall involves more than 725,000 vehicles in the United States and 51,325 in Canada. The affected models are: Pilot 2016-2019, Passport 2019 and Ridgeline 2017-2020. here’s how Transport Canada website explains the problem: “On certain vehicles, the hood latch striker may separate from the hood. If this happens, the hood could open while driving.
The site also notes that owners who notice a loose or vibrating hood should take this as a signal that the latch may fail.
Honda offers a web page which allows owners of affected models to verify whether their particular vehicle is part of the recall.
The danger of failure of this latch is obvious, as raising the hood would cause the driver to lose sight of the road ahead and pose a serious risk of accident and injury.
Honda says it will notify owners of affected vehicles by mail and ask owners to bring their vehicle to a dealership to have the lock strike inspected. Technicians may decide to install a backing plate for the strike, or even replace the cover if necessary.