Honda recalls more than 442,000 minivans over hoods

Honda is recalling more than 442,000 Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs because the hoods can detach in temperatures up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, a Transport Topics analysis shows. The recall affects SUVs in the…

Honda recalls more than 442,000 minivans over hoods

Honda is recalling more than 442,000 Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs because the hoods can detach in temperatures up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, a Transport Topics analysis shows.

The recall affects SUVs in the 2014 and 2015 model years and minivans in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

Honda advised owners to inspect hoods that may begin to lift during a temperature increase. The automaker said some may become exposed to the hood or come loose from the cover and block driver’s or front passenger windows.

On Wednesday, U.S. safety regulators said two Honda SUVs in Massachusetts also were affected by the front-hinge roof-latch defect. The manufacturer told dealers to recall Odyssey vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years to inspect the windshield lock bolt, which can restrict the opening of the roof, and Acura MDX vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the issue could result in a loss of control and a crash if the lock-bolt fails.

Both recalls were recommended by Honda’s own engineers, NHTSA said. Honda has not recalled the roof-latch issue.

Honda declined to comment on specifics of the defects but said it is aware of four injuries or deaths linked to hoods hanging up.

For more on the related roof latch recalls, click here.

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