Washing Your Honda Ridgeline Might Cause It To… Erupt In Flames?

Honda has issued a recall for the 2017-2019 Ridgeline due to an issue with the fuel pump that could lead to a fire.

According to the automaker, the fuel pump feed port can crack when it comes into contact with cleaning agents, including carwash soap and other acids. If the feed port were to crack, the SUV could catch on fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) specifically mentions that water and soap can accumulate in the truck bed when the vehicle’s being washed. This water could then drain towards the fuel tank and fuel pump.

In total, there are 106,682 Honda Ridgelines affected by the recall across the United States. Honda will fix the issue by replacing the fuel pump and fitting a fuel pump cover if needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 7. Ridgeline owners can contact the Honda customer service line at 1-888-234-2138 to see if their car is among those affected.

The 2019 model year Ridgeline reached U.S. showroom floors in early March last year and can be purchased from $29,990. Powering all variants is a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission delivering 280 hp and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque. The pickup is available in two- and four-wheel drive configurations and comes complete with a host of features aimed at making it the perfect companion for outdoor gatherings. This includes a dedicated audio system in the bed.

Dealing with recalls are always a hassle for owners and while this one may seem relatively benign, we encourage all owners of affected Ridgelines to get in contact with their local Honda dealership as quickly as possible.

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  • no25

    well, that’s a title i never thought i’d read

  • Bash

    That’s not a problem for lots of people. Since only few have actually bought it.

    • Thunderbolt

      106,682 is not a few.

      • Bash

        Okay, but I only seen like five so far.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Don’t get out that much? 😉

          • Bash

            Ok, I’ll make sure that Alfred puts you on my list, just next to the joker and bane.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Call me the Boaker or the Jakey…


          I could say the same for Caddy. I barely see them on the road Unlike MB or Lexus and other luxury car manufacture

  • Paul

    Assembled with excellent quality parts.

  • Bo Hanan

    The non-truck truck.

  • Alduin

    This thing is a joke,it isn’t even a truck it’s a pilot with the back cut off. The firet gen Ridgeline was just as bad. Who buys these things? It isn’t a real truck.

    • NormT

      Edmund’s recent mid-size truck comparison didnt even include the Ridgeline.

  • wait a minute

    I know most pick-ups are based on their siblings SUV platform but usually they tweak the designs to help the transition from 5 door hatch to 4 door pick-up. Something about the Honda Ridgeline design makes me think they skipped that bit.

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I participate regularly at automatic car washes too much for this Honda Ridgeline to catch fire now. I know it is ugly and should be killed with fire, but this scenario isn’t cool.

  • Dennis Scipio


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