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Fire Risk Forces Recall of 900k Honda Odyssey Minivans

Latest in series of Odyssey recalls.

by on Mar.17, 2014

A 2008 version of the Odyssey minivan.

While often ranked among the best of the market’s minivans, the Honda Odyssey minivan has faced a number of recalls for potentially serious safety-related issues in recent years, and it is being targeted by yet another, the Japanese maker announcing it will need to service nearly 900,000 of the vehicles due to a potential leak that puts the Odyssey at risk for fire.

While the maker says it knows of no fires or injuries so far, “Prolonged exposure to acidic chemicals and a high temperature environment may cause the cover of the fuel pump strainer to deteriorate prematurely in a manner that can result in cracks in the material.”

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If that happens, Honda said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is an “increasing…risk of fire.”  It can also lead to the smell of fuel in the vehicles.

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Honda Recalling Over 200,000 Vehicles for Shift Interlock Problems

Latest in an ongoing series of safety issues for maker.

by on Apr.18, 2013

The new Acura flagship, the RDX sedan, is one of the vehicles covered by the latest recall.

Already hammered by a series of recalls that have so far involved well over a million vehicles since the beginning of the year, Honda has added another 200,000 sedans, crossovers and minivans to the list, the newest recall involving problems with the maker’s shift-interlock system.

The new recall comes as a particular embarrassment for the maker’s luxury drivision, affecting the recently launched Acura RDX, which was intended to put a high-tech halo around the brand.

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About 17,500 of the 2013 Acura RDX sedans are covered by the recall, along with 128,000 Honda CR-Vs and 59,000 Odyssey minivans, the latter two models sold during the 2012 and 2013 model-year.

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Honda Adds 800k More Vehicles to Rollaway Recall

Maker’s recall count approaching 3 million for Q4 alone.

by on Dec.12, 2012

The 2004 Honda Pilot is one of three models impacted by the maker's latest safety recall.

American Honda plans to recall more than 800,000 minivans and crossover-utility vehicles to address a problem that could cause the vehicles to slip out of park and roll away.

The Japanese maker, traditionally known for its high quality, reliability and customer satisfaction has been slammed by an ongoing series of recalls in recent years and appears to be on track for the dubious distinction of having more vehicles involved in safety-related callbacks than any other manufacturer operating in the U.S. for the second year in a row.

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The issue involves the ignition interlock, a device intended to ensure that the key can only be removed when a vehicle is firmly shifted into Park.  But the mechanism in the vehicles covered by the recall could wear over time and allow the key to be removed when the transmission is in Neutral or some other gear, allowing the vehicle to roll away and a crash could occur — possibly leading to injuries or even fatalities.

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Safety Investigators Probing Over 2 mil Honda, Ford Vehicles

NHTSA looking at ignition, engine problems.

by on Oct.05, 2012

NHTSA will consider a request to open a formal investigation targeting more than 1.5 million older Ford Escape SUVs.

Federal safety investigators are taking a closer look at reported safety problems that could eventually involve more than 2 million Ford and Honda vehicles – though it is far from certain the moves will result in eventual safety-related recalls.

A formal probe is now underway by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration targeting Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs because of concerns about defective ignition locks that could permit vehicles to roll away.

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NHTSA is, meanwhile, reviewing a request to open a formal investigation into reports that the last-generation Ford Escape suffers from a defect that could cause engine stalls or surges.

The issues could prove problematic for the two makers if they eventually lead to recalls.

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Honda Recalls on the Rise

Maker announces third action of the month; topped U.S. recall list in 2011.

by on Feb.22, 2012

Honda's latest recall impacts about 46,000 2008 Odyssey minivans.

For a company known for its quality and reliability, Honda has been having a bad month.  The maker today recalled 45,800 of its Odyssey minivans because the gas-filled struts that hold up the rear hatch could fail unexpectedly leading to potentially serious injuries.

It’s the third safety-related service action since just the beginning of February and the fourth since the beginning of 2012.  The numbers are relatively small, all told the various recalls impacting less than 50,000 vehicles.  But they come quick on the heels of some decidedly more serious problems, including the December recall of 273,000 Honda and Acura products due to potentially defective airbag inflators.

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That’s an ongoing issue that has now ensnared millions of Honda vehicles and in 2011 helped drive Honda’s tally so high that it recalled more vehicles than any other manufacturer operating in the U.S. market.

In all, the industry recalled 15.5 million vehicles, a sharp decline from 2010 when the number nipped the 20 million mark.  Toyota, which led the recall list in 2009 and 2010 slipped behind Honda  which, in 2011, announced 15 separate service campaigns involving 3.8 million vehicles.

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Second Odyssey Recall Worsens Honda Problems

Newest problem: faulty front windows.

by on Mar.29, 2011

Honda announces the second Odyssey recall in just two weeks, this one involving faulty windows.

If any automaker benefited from the crisis at Toyota, last year, it was Honda.  Data suggests it was the only manufacturer to pick up a significant number of once-loyal Toyota owners during the industry giant’s problems with unintended acceleration and other safety-related issues.

But suddenly, it seems, Honda is having a spate of quality-related setbacks of its own – which could complicate matters as the company struggles through the effects of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown trifecta that have so far shut down its Japanese operations for nearly three weeks.

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The latest problem: the recall of 2,800 Odyssey minivans because of a defect that can result in the front windows coming off their tracks, rendering them inoperable.  It’s the second recall of the latest-generation Honda van in just two weeks, following the callback of 33,000 Odysseys due to faulty windshield wipers.

The latest numbers are small – though any safety-related issue involving family-oriented minivans can be problematic beyond the actual number of vehicles recalled.  What’s especially significant is the fact that, according to data filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda had the third-highest number of vehicles involved in recalls of any automaker operating in the U.S. last year – and second-highest among Japanese — 2.4 million covered by 15 separate actions.  (Nissan had 16 separate recalls but they involved just 2.1 million vehicles.)

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