Honda is recalling late-model Ridgeline pickups due to an explosive risk if they’re washed a little too often.
We know that the Honda Ridgeline is a very nice looking pickup truck, and while not nearly as many people buy the Ridgeline as they do the other midsize pickups like the Chevy Colorado or the Toyota Tacoma, those that do buy a Ridgeline like them a lot.
Perhaps enough to take them to a car wash frequently enough that it cracks the fuel line.
Allow us to explain: Honda made a particular design choice on the current-model Ridgeline that seems somewhat questionable in retrospect. They put the fuel tank and pump directly beneath where fluids drain from the truck bed. This normally wouldn’t be a problem, but the detergents used in car washes can be somewhat caustic--and by somewhat, we mean very.
Sulfuric acid is a common component in car wash detergent, which over time can eventually crack the Ridgeline’s fuel feed port and cause a fuel leak.
As anyone knows, an open fuel line means that the Ridgeline is just one ignition source away from a Hollywood-style fireball.
Fixing the issue at least doesn’t appear to be too big of a problem. Ridgeline owners will make an appointment at their nearest Honda dealer for a free inspection and possible repair of the fuel feed port and, if necessary, the entire fuel pump.
Honda expects 106,682 Ridgelines to be affected in the US, with more in Canada and Mexico. No accidents or injuries have been reported, but this sounds like a problem you’ll want to get fixed as soon as possible regardless. Especially if you’re a smoker.
The recall begins on March 7th. Honda doesn’t specify just how owners will be notified, but usually it’s by first-class mail. If you’re a Ridgeline owner and just can’t wait to find out if you’re the lucky owner of a ticking time bomb, then you can use the Honda recall website to find out if you’re part of the recall.