Honda has recalled 900,000 vehicles. The recall came after the manufacturer discovered a potential fire risk in its Odyssey minivans. Honda reported to NHTSA that there was a “potential defect” in the fuel pump of certain Odyssey models from 2005-2010. The automaker said that the fuel pump strainer cover in the cars is prone to premature deterioration that “can result in cracks in the material.”
The cracks could be caused by a number of factors, including acidic chemicals found in fertilizer, dust control and car wash products, or prolonged exposure to a “high temperature environment,” according to Honda. Possible fuel smells or leaks coming from the cracks could, in turn, increase the risk of fire. The owners of all 886,815 cars made in Honda’s Alabama factory affected by the recall will start to be notified on April 21. But necessary repair parts will not be available until this summer, according to Honda. Cars will be fitted with “interim” repairs until the parts become available. The manufacturer says it’s not aware of any fires or injuries that have occurred as a result of the defects.
You may recall that Honda previously recalled 344,000 Odyssey minivans last November because of computer problems that caused sudden and “unexpected braking,” while in September, 318,000 minivans were recalled after reports of airbags inflating unnecessarily.
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