Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Recalls Nearly 900,000 Odyssey Minivans

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE: HMC  ) issued a recall notice Saturday for some 886,815 model year 2005-2010 Odyssey minivans manufactured from June 23, 2004, to Sept. 4, 2010.

As described by the U,S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, or NHTSA, a problem with the vehicles' fuel pump strainer covers may permit them to deteriorate over time, permitting fuel to leak out. If this happens, the fuel could ignite, causing a fire.

Honda advises that it does not currently have parts available to permanently fix this problem. However, vehicles currently leaking fuel can be temporarily fixed by replacing the deteriorated cover with a new one. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 if they have discovered a fuel leak necessitating immediate repair.

Longer term, Honda says that it expects to have improved versions of the cover ready for installation and replacement later this year. Beginning in April, the company intends to begin notifying owners of the defect by letter. Then, a subsequent letter will go out sometime this summer, advising owners of where to go to get their defective covers replaced with the new and improved part.

Further information on this situation can be obtained by contacting Honda at the above number, or by contacting the NHTSA at (888) 327-4236.

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