Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2013 Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs for a piston problem that may cause the engine to stall.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles affected by the recall at 270.

Documentation from Honda (PDF) submitted to the NHTSA indicates that 150 two-wheel and four-wheel-drive Pilot SUVs are affected and 120 Odyssey minivans. Build dates for affected vehicles are as follows:

The problem

According to NHTSA and Honda, during the manufacturing of the engine piston, the heat treatment process was not properly applied. This could result in the piston lacking sufficient hardness level, making it susceptible to premature wear.

A worn piston could fail, resulting in engine stall, which increases crash risk.

Honda said that it has not received any warranty claims or field reports related to this issue.

What Honda will do

Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the engine short block, at no charge. In a statement, Honda encouraged owners to take their vehicles to the dealer as soon as they receive their notification letter.

The Honda safety recall, identified as JB4 (Honda Odyssey) and JB5 (Honda Pilot), is expected to begin September 16, 2013.

In the meantime, owners of affected vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V385000.


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