Honda is recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles in the United States, including Acura TLX cars, Acura MDX SUVs, Ridgeline pickup trucks, Odyssey minivans, and Pilot SUVs, spanning model years 2015 to 2020.

The recall is prompted by a manufacturing defect in the connecting rod bearing of the engines, which could lead to improper engine functioning, stalling, or even complete engine failure while driving, posing a risk of fire, crash, or injury.

The automaker filed a notice with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, stating that a defect in the connecting rod bearing could result in the engine "running improperly or stalling while driving, increasing the risk of a fire, crash, or injury."

Honda revealed that a manufacturing error with the engine crankshaft might cause premature wear and seizure of the connecting rod bearing in affected engines.

The company emphasized the potential consequences, stating, "If the connecting rod bearing seizes, the engine can be damaged and run improperly, stall, stop while driving, and/or not start, increasing the risk of a fire, crash, or injury."

Warning signs of the defect include abnormal engine noise, engine stalling, or a decreased engine output, accompanied by an illuminated engine check lamp.

This recall marks Honda's 14th in 2023 and is its fifth largest, bringing the total number of recalled Honda vehicles for the year to over three million.

Honda assured affected vehicle owners that they would be notified by letter in early January.

Dealers will inspect, repair, and replace the engines at no cost.

"Honda will also reimburse owners who paid for repairs at their own expense," the company stated.

This recall follows the correction of the manufacturing issue in 2020 production, according to the automaker.

The defect was first reported in February 2020, and as of November 3, Honda has received 1,450 warranty claims related to the issue.

However, no injuries or deaths have been reported.

Owners of the affected vehicles will receive direct notifications by mail starting January 2, with Honda urging prompt inspection and necessary repairs to ensure the safety and functionality of the vehicles on the road.