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Recall Alert: Make Sure Your 2021 Honda Pilot Doesn’t Have These Dangerous Tires

The Honda Pilot is one of the most popular SUVs to hit the road, and it’s easy to see why. It’s big enough to bring a crowd, it comes with tons of cool features that make it exciting to drive, and it’s backed by Honda’s record for reliability. All is not well with the Pilot, however. Car Complaints reports there is a recall headed for the Pilot, and it’s not something owners can simply ignore.

The Honda Pilot is one popular ride

While the Kia Telluride is drawing in a lot of SUV lovers, the Honda Pilot is still holding its own. Given the competition currently hitting the three-row SUV division, that’s a huge accomplishment. 

For anyone with a growing family or a large group of friends who like to hang out, the Honda Pilot is hard to beat. All three rows are comfortable, and the ride is very smooth. While it’s not known for having an exciting ride, for many consumers that’s preferable.

The 2021 model is the last for the current generation, and Honda is offering a Special Edition model known as the SE trim. It starts at $40,080, and offers a few new features. It includes a wireless phone charger, hands-free access power tailgate, roof rails, and 20-inch black alloy wheels.

With a price of $32,250, it’s undeniable that the Honda Pilot is a great buy. It appears that there is one major problem plaguing the 2021 model, however.

Can one recall ruin all that?

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Yes, there is a recall on the Honda Pilot. The good news is that it’s not very widespread. The bad news is that it can be potentially dangerous if not addressed.

According to Car Complaints, “A 2021 Honda Pilot recall affects 215 SUVs equipped with Continental CrossContact LX Sport 245/50R20 102 H tires with DOT serial number A376 D3K9 2920 and mold numbers S-421920 and S-421921. Honda says the tires may have been overcured which makes them more likely to suffer blowouts. The 2021 Honda Pilot recall includes 214 SUVs in the U.S. and one Pilot in Canada.”

If you are driving one of the recalled vehicles, this is not something you can simply ignore. If your tire blows out, it can lead to a wreck.

There are some tips from race car drivers that can help you stop your vehicle safely, but it requires that you act quickly and calmly. Don’t start trying to immediately shift to the side of the road. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and drive straight. As your vehicle naturally begins to slow down thanks to the friction caused by the lack of one tire, you can slowly maneuver to the side of the road.

Thankfully, Honda is taking steps to remedy this problem, so if you act quickly, it won’t be an issue. So what do you need to do?

What should you do if your Honda Pilot is under recall?

When you first get that notification in the mail that your vehicle is being recalled, it can be a scary feeling. If you’ve got a lot of other stressful events going on in your life, this can often feel like the final straw. It’s really not that big of a deal, however.

A recall is the automaker’s way of acknowledging there is a problem, and now they’re going to fix it. All you have to do is take your vehicle into your local dealership and they’ll make the necessary repairs. In this case, the dealer will spend a few minutes replacing the tires, and you’re back on your way. 

The official recall begins January 11, 2021, but that’s a month away. If you don’t want to wait that long, you can call 888-234-2138. The official number given to this recall is U8Y.