Honda is recalling more than 886,000 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey minivans for a fuel pump defect that may lead to fuel leaks and risk of fire.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 886,815. Affected vehicles were built as follows:
2005 Honda Odyssey – built from June 23, 2004 to August 12, 2005
2006 Honda Odyssey – built from July 21-28, 2005
2007 Honda Odyssey – built from August 8, 2006 to October 20, 2007
2008 Honda Odyssey – built from October 2, 2007 to September 8, 2008
2009 Honda Odyssey – built from September 8, 2008 to July 15, 2009
2010 Honda Odyssey – built from June 22, 2009 to September 4, 2010
At issue is the fuel pump strainer cover that may deteriorate over time, allowing fuel to leak out. Documentation from Honda (PDF) indicates that the premature deterioration can cause cracks in the fuel pump strainer cover material. Such cracks “could lead to a fuel smell being present or to leaking fuel, increasing the risk of a fire.”
Honda said it noticed a high demand of Odyssey fuel pump replacement parts in October 2012. After investigating the problem, Honda said the cause of the cracks was “prolonged exposure to acidic chemicals and a high temperature environment.” Fertilizer and dust control agents may be contributing factors, said Honda.
The automaker said it had received 187 warranty claims but no reports of any fires or injuries related to this issue.
What Honda will do
Due to the large number of affected vehicles in the recall, Honda will not have a sufficient supply of replacement covers in stock until this summer. Honda will notify owners with an initial letter beginning in April 2014 and will follow up with a second letter when the remedy is available.
Any vehicles that are currently leaking from the fuel pump will get an original replacement cover. All vehicles, including those that have had the interim replacement cover, will receive an improved cover, once parts are available.
In the meantime, owners of 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey minivans with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Recall numbers for this campaign are JD9 (for inspection and/or preliminary part replacement) and JE0 (for final part replacement).
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 14V112000.