Honda is recalling nearly 900,000 2005 to 2010 model year Odyssey minivans due to a fault with the fuel pump that could cause them to catch fire.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filling, if exposed to "acidic chemicals and a high temperature environment," the cover of the fuel pump strainer could crack and cause a gasoline smell in the minivan or possibly allow the fuel to leak out. Denso supplied the fuel pumps on the vehicles, and the report says that Honda first began studying the problem in October 2012 but didn't finally confirm the cause until March 6, 2014. The recall affects 886,815 Odysseys, and Honda has received 187 warranty claims related to the issue. However, there have been no fires or injures reported.

Unfortunately, Honda says that it currently doesn't have enough replacement fuel pumps to fix all of the vehicles and doesn't expect to have the parts ready until this summer. It's sending a letter to owners telling them about the recall and is sending a second notification when the pieces are at dealers. The entire notification including affected VINs can be viewed as a PDF here, and the shortened version from the NHTSA can be viewed below.
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RECALL Subject : Fuel Pump Cover may Crack and Leak Fuel
Report Receipt Date: MAR 14, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V112000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 886,815

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
HONDA ODYSSEY 2005-2010
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey vehicles manufactured June 23, 2004, through September 4, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump strainer cover may deteriorate allowing fuel to leak out.

CONSEQUENCE:
A fuel leak increases the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:
Parts to permanently repair the affected vehicles are not currently available. Honda will notify owners with an interim letter during April 2014. A second notice will be mailed to owners when the remedy becomes available, currently expected to be during the summer of 2014. Any vehicles that are currently leaking from the fuel pump cover will get a replacement, original cover. All vehicles, including those receiving the interim repair, will get an improved cover when they are available. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. The recall numbers associated with this campaign are JD9 (inspection and/or preliminary part replacement) and JE0 (final parts replacement).

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      maverick_02
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ok. Whatever. Still going to drive mine.
        normc32
        • 9 Months Ago
        @maverick_02
        Got fire extinguisher?
        bizz1441
        • 9 Months Ago
        @maverick_02
        There haven't been any fires reported yet, so you should be fine.
        J
        • 9 Months Ago
        @maverick_02
        That's what the Ford Pinto drivers used to say.
      • 9 Months Ago
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      Mbukukanyau
      • 9 Months Ago
      The more of these they get off the freeway the better.
      patrick
      • 9 Months Ago
      Who still buys these Asian deathtraps?
        DRAGON
        • 9 Months Ago
        @patrick
        And what are you suggesting to buy instead Mister Genius?
          • 9 Months Ago
          @DRAGON
          [blocked]
      NightFlight
      • 9 Months Ago
      I see that Aaron is in full PR damage control mode right now. It doesn't matter, because this must be a hoax. Ask Aaron, Honda doesn't produce faulty vehicles that require recalls.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @NightFlight
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          churchmotor
          • 9 Months Ago
          Just wait till he start up with his yomama, tiberius, and other accounts.
          NightFlight
          • 9 Months Ago
          You spoke too soon, because I already posted something negative about Hyundai in that article. *GASP* Couldn't care less about Hyundai, apparently they hire people who can't do calculations. Their fault, not mine. Don't work for them, so what are you going to accuse me of now Mary?
          • 9 Months Ago
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        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @NightFlight
        Chortled audibly.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          I laugh at you. In fact, every time I read one of your posts, I have a laugh track going in my head, because nothing you post can be taken seriously.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          1/3=0.333333333333333333333 I already admitted I derped on that one.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Also, if we're taking each other to task about incorrect posts, how about you explain where you saw a Honda-powered Elise?
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          [blocked]
      joeboarder108
      • 9 Months Ago
      Well, there go my plans of hauling around high-temperature acid in my minivan! :(
      normc32
      • 9 Months Ago
      How are peolple supposed to go on family vacations? Honda should just pop in a new tank because I wouldn't be hauling my family in a potential fire hazard.
        SteveM
        • 9 Months Ago
        @normc32
        How??? Leave the rolling egg crate home and take the other car. You might actually enjoy driving something that is a bit more responsive than the typical oversize "minivan". Believe it or not, we all got by without minivans quite well before their intro to the marketplace. Face it, you don't need all that stuff... and two kids fit in a midsize car just fine.
          normc32
          • 9 Months Ago
          @SteveM
          Before minivans there were full sized vans.
          Love Great Danes
          • 9 Months Ago
          @SteveM
          Minivans rock! Nothing like hopping right into my Grand Caravan to start the day. Have to beat off women with a stick when the see tha raw power ot my Grand Caravan R/T rumbling down the road. My right foot quivers with anticipation as I feel the power and torque of the 3.6L engine. Great, nowI can't wait to drive home!
          Card13
          • 9 Months Ago
          @SteveM
          You realize the average American family has more than two children, right?
      DarkKnight67
      • 9 Months Ago
      Said it before, say it again - when you engineer in the cheapest parts you can find, you pay the price. Wake up people!
        NICE FOCKING CAR
        • 9 Months Ago
        @DarkKnight67
        Cool story bro. This will be the first recall for the 2010 Odyssey. Let's look at some of the competition from 2010. 2010 Mazda 5 - 0 recalls. And they look cool, and you can get them with a manual. 2010 Toyota Sienna - 2 recalls... one for a load sticker not being placed correctly (non issue) and a second where the cable that holds the spare tire on could corrode and cause the spare to dangle from the bottom of the vehicle. 2010 Chrysler Town and Country - 2 recalls... one ignition switch failure where the engine could shut off while driving, and another where the tire makes contact with a fuel pipe, which could either cause a hole in the tire - leading to loss of control - or in the fuel pipe - leading to fire. Also tried to look up recalls on GM and Ford minivans in 2010, but neither of them made them that year. Given the fact that its residual value also sucks, looks like the T&C is your worse choice by a mile.
      SamerIraq
      • 9 Months Ago
      For God's sake how many times they recalled this car
      owen brown
      • 9 Months Ago
      There are so many if, could , maybe and potentially that it's almost 100% a fire will never Happen.
      Karfreek
      • 9 Months Ago
      187 warranty claims out of 886,815 cars, no fires or deaths. Risk seems pretty low, but I guess the NHTSA is making it happen.
        Karfreek
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Karfreek
        After reading the forms and the timeline it appears that the recall started after Honda noticed a high amount of warranty returns on the fuel pumps (187?) and not complaints to the NHTSA. Internal investigations led to Honda volunteering to recall the pumps. But, Im sure the NHTSA was involved at somepoint along the way.
      Car Guy
      • 9 Months Ago
      And there is the dilemma faced by car makers. Announcing a recall quickly as possible causes angry customers because there isn't sufficient quantities of parts available and they can't get their vehicle fixed. Announce a recall too late and car makers get accused of delaying or providing misleading information. It's a lose-lose in most cases........
        RustyShackelford
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Car Guy
        As an Odyssey owner who will have to deal with this, I far rather have them announce this now. I get why they don't have 900,000 extra improved fuel pumps lying around. I would rather them move now, with no fires and only 187 complaints than pull what GM did on my mother, waiting THIRTEEN years to address a problem (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304914904579435171004763740?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304914904579435171004763740.html). Logistics are more excusable than avoiding responsibility.
          normc32
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RustyShackelford
          Japanese cars owners love their recalls, don't they?
          RM
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RustyShackelford
          Almost as much as domestic car owners like dying......ford pinto/ ....gm ignitions. Dude stfu. Every recall post you show your ugliness.
          NightFlight
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RustyShackelford
          @ normc32 GM owners love their recalls too, fanboy. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/17/gm-3-recalls-1.7-million-cars-barra-video/
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