DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Honda Motor Co. is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.
Odysseys from 2005 through 2010 model years are involved. The recalled minivans were made between June 23, 2004, and September 4, 2010.
Katie Kerwin is a Detroit auto writer and contributor to Forbes.com and told WWJ that anything involving fuel leaks can be dangerous.
“In hot weather or in acidic environments the fuel pump strainer can deteriorate, can crack and could allow fuel to leak. Honda found it because they were having a lot of warranty claims,” said Kerwin.
While there have been no reports of accidents, fires or deaths associated with the fuel leak said Kervin; the recall is a good precautionary measure.
According to documents posted Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high temperatures and acidic chemicals, like those found in fertilizers. Fuel leaks can cause a vehicle fire.
Honda says no fires or injuries have been reported.
Honda dealers will repair the vehicles for free, but the company says replacement parts may not be available until this summer. It will notify owners of the recall next month.
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