Are Honda Odysseys Dangerous?

As of Saturday March 15, Honda is recalling about 900,000 Odyssey minivans because of a potential fire hazard. This recall was posted in a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Honda told the administration that part of the fuel pump in the Odyssey models from 2005-1010 could “deteriorate prematurely in a manner that can result in cracks” and allow gasoline to leak. The automaker believed that the cracks in the fuel pump could have several causes including acid from chemicals found in car washes and acid materials used in fertilizer and chemicals used to control dust. Fuel leaks can cause a vehicle fire. Honda says no fires or injuries have been reported yet.

The recall involve 886,815 Odysseys that were built at the Honda plant in Alabama. Although the proper repair parts are not yet available until the summer, Honda said they will provide “interim” parts to their customers. Honda dealers will repair vehicles for free once the parts come in.

In September, a total of 318,000 2003-2004 Odysseys were recalled because the air bags might deploy without the vehicle being in an accident. The in November, Honda had a total recall of 344,000 of its 2007-2008 Odyssey minivans because of a computer malfunction that could cause “heavy and unexpected braking without the driver pressing on the brake pedal.”

The agency also said on its website that Chrysler was recalling about 18,000 cars because of a transmission problem. Chrysler said that the transmission on the 2014 500L could become stuck in Park or that it might pick the wrong gear, causing the car to move “in an unintended or unexpected direction.” Chrysler said it was not aware of any accidents related to the issue.

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