Refueling some 2020 Honda CR-Vs may interfere with proper operation due to improperly welded parts. This recalled 212 examples built between September 24 and September 29, 2020.
Honda first learned about the issue in August 2021, when it received a warranty claim for a non-launching CR-V. Between the summer and January of 2021, the automaker received six more warranty claims for vehicles that could not be started, stopped or had a general inaccuracy of fuel readings, followed by two more in April 2022.
The parts were returned to Honda and the fuel tank supplier for investigation and analysis. It was found that the fuel absorber clamp could be detached from the tank due to improper welding. This, in turn, interferes with the path of the fuel pump’s pop-up lever.
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According to the supplier’s records, Honda was able to determine that the incorrect welding occurred at one shift in the production of the fuel tank, which was not installed in accordance with the specification, which controls the welding depth.
Honda has determined that the fault could have safety consequences, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration writes that the fault could lead to an unexpected stop, which could increase the risk of an accident. The nature of the problem means that there are virtually no warnings for drivers and owners. Fortunately, Honda is not aware of any injuries or deaths from this accident.
From July 5, Honda will notify the owners of this refund by mail. They are asked to bring the car to an authorized Honda dealer, where the fuel tank will be replaced free of charge. New tanks have properly welded components.