A wiring problem in more than 240,000 Honda Odyssey minivans may cause a short circuit, resulting in a vehicles from the 2018 to 2020 model years.
The Honda minivan recall was announced by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on February 11, after it was discovered that the wire harness for the third row seating may become pinched between the frame and rear trim panel, possibly damaging and exposing the wires.
According to the manufacturer, the vehicles contain a third row seat accessory power outlet with wires which could become pinched, causing an electrical short. Officials warn that if this short circuit occurs, the wires could smolder and catch the interior on the vehicle on fire.
Honda first became aware of the issue in August 2018, after receiving a report of a fire from a vehicle owner, but investigators were unable to reclaim the vehicle for investigation. By December 2019, two more vehicle fires had been reported, and a comprehensive investigation determined the root cause of the fire was a damaged wiring harness under the third row seat that had become pinched.
As of January 30, 2020, Honda has received three warranty claims, five field reports, three reports of fires, and no reports of injuries related to this issue.
The recall affects certain 2018 through 2020 Odyssey minivans manufactured by American Honda Motor Company of Torrance, California from January 19, 2017 through August 13, 2019. They were distributed for sale throughout the U.S. to licensed dealers.
Honda announced it will be sending recall notices to customers with instructions on how to schedule a free repair appointment with their local dealer, who will be instructed to inspect the third row seat accessory power outlet wire harness for damage, and replace as necessary. For harnesses without damage, dealers will apply protective tape and re-route the wiring harness to avoid pinching hazards.
The recall is expected to begin on March 16, 2020. Customers with additional questions or concerns regarding the recall may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138 and reference the recall number T6U.