Brake Recall Impacts 124,000 Honda and Acura Vehicles

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

brake recall impacts 124 000 honda and acura vehicles

A handful of Honda models, and one from Acura, are under recall over a defect that could limit braking functionality. Impacted vehicles include the 2020-2021 Honda Civic, 2021-2023 Honda Passport, 2021-2022 Honda Pilot, 2020-2023 Honda Ridgeline, and 2020 Acura MDX. 

A recall report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) specifies improper assembly of the tie rod fastener that’s connected to the brake master cylinder and booster. Altogether, the recall encompasses 124,077 individual vehicles.

From the report: 

The brake master cylinder may have been improperly fastened to the brake booster assembly during production, resulting in loose or missing tie rod nuts. During application of the brake pedal, a bending load may occur upon the brake booster assembly tie rod studs. As a result, the tie rod studs may break, leading to the brake master cylinder separating from the brake booster assembly and a failure to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 135 – Light vehicle brake systems.

Obviously, having the master cylinder separate from the brake booster isn’t going to improve anybody’s stopping power. Diminished braking performance is a given, with there being a possibility of a total loss of braking function. The report also states that there probably won’t be any warnings issued to drivers via instrumentation if something goes wrong.

It also blames the supplier, VBS, after Honda found a missing nut in 2020. VBS “implemented countermeasures” to ensure there were no additional defects. However, Honda received a quality report on brake failure in 2022 that encouraged the company to launch a full investigation. 

VBS submitted part defect reports to the NHTSA earlier this year, followed by the serial numbers of the suspected parts involved in their recall as Honda continued its investigation. By June, Honda determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety and FMVSS noncompliance existed and decided to conduct a safety and noncompliance recall. 

At the time, Honda had received two warranty claims related to the issue between September 2022 to June 2023. There were no reports of crashes, injuries, or deaths related to this issue.

The manufacturer intends on issuing formal recall notices in August. But concerned owners can head over to the NHTSA recall website to determine whether their car is included in the recall campaign. Just be sure to have your VIN handy. 

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 11, 2023

    "December 2020 Honda manufacturing found a missing nut missing from the brake booster assembly tie rods and notified the component part supplier, VBS. VBS implemented countermeasures to prevent a reoccurrence. No outflow from the occurrence was found."

    • What does that last sentence mean exactly? (Your individual spin is welcome)

    • SPPPP SPPPP on Jul 12, 2023

      My guess is that Honda determined that none of the batch of parts had yet been installed in a car.

  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Jul 11, 2023

    I'll give Honda props for getting after the problem, unlike a certain company headquartered in downtown Detroit in a certain cylindrical skyscraper with ignition switches!

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