Honda recalling 900,000 minivans over fire risk

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Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A total 886,815 Odyssey minivans made in Honda Motor’s Alabama plant from 2005 to 2010 are being recalled for repair of a defective fuel pump cover that poses fire risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) said in a report.

The NHTSA report posted Saturday said the fuel pump strainer cover in the cars is prone to premature deterioration that “can result in cracks, where fuel smells or leaks could possibly emanate increasing the risk of fire. Acidic chemicals found in fertilizer, dust control and car wash products, or prolonged exposure to a hot environment may cause the crack, according to Honda’s report to the agency early this month.

The company is not aware of accidents related to the defect.

Honda said dealers will repair the vehicles for free but it will notify owners on April 21 as repair parts are being prepared. Meantime, cars can be fitted with interim repairs.

It was the third recall for Odyssey minivans since September last year. The first involved 318,000 minivans whose airbags had to be fixed because they inflate unnecessarily. In November, some 344,000 of the Honda car model were found with computer flaw that caused sudden and unexpected braking.


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