Honda is recalling almost 900,000 Odyssey minivans for a potential fire risk due to a defective auto part. A news report regarding this voluntary recall affects over 850,000 minivans that were built between 2005-2010. Honda says that in the affected vehicles, the cover of the fuel strainer at the top of the gas tank could crack over time and lead to a fuel leak increasing the risk of the fire. Honda has not yet reported any crashes, injuries or fires related to the defective part, which was discovered during warranty repairs.
Since replacement parts are not readily available, repairs are taking longer than anticipated.
Honda will notify the owners of these vehicles twice. The first notice is expected to go out in late April or early May and will alert owners that their van is included in the recall. Honda then plans on sending out a second notice in the summer when dealers have the new part and are ready to begin the repairs. As is typical all repairs connected to this recall will be done free of charge to consumers.
The automaker first noticed the problem in October 2012 when an unusually high demand for fuel pump replacement parts was first noticed. By the middle of 2013, Honda determined that an acid found in chemicals used in car washes might be causing cracks in the strainer. After investigations and months of testing, Honda determined that this chemical was the cause of the cracks. Honda’s last recall also involved Odyssey minivans and in that recall they needed to fix a software defect in the electronic stability control system. The Odyssey is one of Honda’s best-selling models.
If you have one of the affected vehicles your recall letter will contain information including a description of the defect, the danger posed by the problem including the types of injuries it can cause, potential warning signs, the fix and how the manufacturer will execute those repairs. A recall letter will also contain instructions regarding what steps you should take next. Repairs relating to the recall should be free and you should not be charged for it. If your vehicle has been recalled for a fire danger, make sure you park the vehicle outside instead of your garage until the repairs have been made
No matter what vehicle you drive it is a good idea to register with the manufacturer so you are sent updates that include recall notices. As with this recall, it could mean the difference between life and death. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident you should call the Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth as soon as possible at 888-809-1075 or visit http://www.gblegal.com One of our experienced attorneys will talk with you 24/7/365 and help you through your issues. We Can Help!