Honda recalls 886K Odyssey minivans over fuel pump issue

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Honda Motor Company said it is recalling 886,815 Odyssey vehicles due to an issue on the fuel pump.

The recall involves minivan models built from 2005 to 2010 because the fuel pump strainer cover may deteriorate resulting to leakage of fuel out of the vehicle that can cause a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Honda.

Because of the huge number of affected vehicles, the Japanese car maker will not have enough parts until the summer. Honda will notify owners when parts are already available. Vehicles currently experiencing fuel pump leakage will be given a replacement cover from original parts that currently exists.

All vehicles, which include those that are getting interim repair, will require replacement when the parts arrive.

A high temperature environment and prolonged exposure to acidic chemicals could lead to the premature deterioration of the fuel pump strainer cover in a manner that can lead in cracks in the material, according to a joint statement by NHTSA and Honda.

Cracks in the fuel pump strainer cover could result to a fuel smell being present or to fuel leakage, which could raise the risk of fire, the statement said.

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