Honda recalls Odyssey minivans for fire risk

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Honda Motor is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. for risk of fire from a fuel leak.

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by FRED MEIER / USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Honda Motor is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. for risk of fire from a fuel leak.

The recall covers 886,815 Odysseys from the 2005 to 2010 model years, according to documents posted Saturday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration web site.

Honda reported that the cover on the fuel pump strainer can deteriorate and crack. It said that could lead to a fuel smell or to a leak that would pose a risk of fire. No crashes or fires have been reported, the company said.

Honda said it had indications of the problem in 2012 and initiated an investigation. It was determined that exposure to high temperatures and to acidic chemicals, such as those used in car washes, fertilizers and dust control agents, can cause premature deterioration of the cover, which is from supplier Denso.

Honda said that it will notify owners next month and is seeking to obtain supplies of an improved cover. Any Odyssey currently with a leak will get the cover replaced with a new one of the current part. All the covered Odysseys, including those that got an interim fix, will get a new-design cover when they become available.

More information is available from Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or at NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or website (www.safercar.gov).

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