Canada and its excellent use of road salt helped the United States begin recalling the 2006-2014 Honda Ridgelines. In general, more than 112,060 vehicles in the snowy states may have corrosion problems that can lead to fuel leaks.
The problem is caused by de-icing agents, as well as dirt and grime that can accumulate on or near the frame where the fuel tank is installed. Over time, the National Traffic Safety Administration reports that the fuel tank installation strips may corrode and detach from the frame.
If this happens, the fuel tank may be damaged, resulting in water leakage and an increased risk of fire. Thus, Honda will begin to recover it before this damage occurs.
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The first complaints from U.S. consumers on the issue date back to 2016, but in 2019, Honda Canada began investigating it after receiving numerous complaints about frame corrosion and loud noises from the rear frame.
He then conducted a Ridgelines market survey to check for rust on the rear frame, and a similar study was conducted by Honda USA later that year. He found two additional consumer complaints at the time.
Although there were no reports of fuel leaks, it was assumed that the mounting strip of the fuel tank would lose its structural integrity, which is certainly a problem. On June 9, the automaker determined that it was appropriate to withdraw.
As a result, from August 1, Honda USA will contact the owners of Ridgeline in 23 saline states and ask them to bring their cars to the dealer. There, the frame is checked for corrosion and the dealer has three options. They can fasten reinforcement bars, clean the frame, apply anti-corrosion wax, and fix repair boards if necessary. They can repair a rusty frame or offer to buy a car again.
Vehicles in the following states are subject to this recall: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.