Honda is now recalling 886,815 2005-'10 Honda Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because a fuel leak increases the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
"In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump strainer cover may deteriorate, allowing fuel to leak out," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "A fuel leak increases the risk of a
The affected vehicles were built from June 23, 2004 through September 4, 2010.
Prolonged exposure to acidic chemicals, such as those found in car-wash formulas, along with high ambient temperatures, may cause the cover of the fuel strainer to deteriorate prematurely, resulting in cracks in the material, according to the automaker.
Cracks in the cover of the fuel strainer, which is located on the top of the fuel tank, could lead to a fuel smell being present, or, in extreme cases, to leaking fuel.
Honda said it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fires related to the recall, which was discovered during warranty repairs.
Since these vehicles are no longer in production, updated fuel strainers will not be available in sufficient quantity until the summer, Honda said. Owners will be notified of the recall with an interim letter in April. A second notice will be mailed to owners when the parts become available. Owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
Edmunds.com says: If you own one of the affected Honda Odyssey minivans and it is leaking from the fuel pump cover, your dealer will get a replacement, original cover. Then, you will get an improved cover in the summer.