The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration posted the following notice concerning Honda's recall of vehicle. Transportation accidents are a significant cause of work related accidents and deaths in the US.
On March 6, 2014 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (HMC) determined that a potential defect relating to motor vehicle safety exists in the fuel pump of certain 2005-2010 model year Honda Odyssey automobiles, and is providing notification to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in accordance with 49 CFR Part 573 Defect and Noncompliance Reports.
Name of manufacturer:
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA)
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (AHM)
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
Identification of potentially affected vehicles
See attached VIN list.
Description of the basis for the determination of the recall population:
The recall population was determined based on manufacturing records. The VIN range reflects all possible vehicles that could potentially experience the problem.
Identification of affected component:
Component: Fuel Pump Module
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: DENSO International America Inc.
Contact Name Bridgette Larose
Address: 24777 DENSO Drive
Total number of potentially affected vehicles: 886,815
Percentage of affected vehicles that contain the defect: Unknown
Prolonged exposure to acidic chemicals and a high temperature environment may cause the cover of the fuel pump strainer to deteriorate prematurely in a manner that can result in cracks in the material. Cracks in the cover of the fuel pump strainer could lead to a fuel mell being present or to leaking fuel, increasing the risk of fire.
October 1, 2012
October 25, 2012
February 19, 2013
July 30, 2013
August 7, 2013
September 23, 2013
October 9, 2013
October 16, 2013
March 6, 2014
AHM recognized a high demand of Odyssey fuel pump
HMA started analyzing fuel pumps returned from the market.
The initial investigation done by the supplier showed that the
cracks in the material were the result of acid.
Honda R&D North America Ohio (HRAO) and HMA investigated
the potential for acid to come from chemicals found in car washes.
Honda R&D Tochigi in Japan (HGT) began to study the acid
attack as well as the crack propagation as possible contributing
factors based on preliminary failed part analysis.
HGT started a preliminary test of acid combined with crack
HGT found that low PH materials are used in fertilizer and dust
control agents, a possible source of acidic compounds that gather
on the fuel pump strainer cover.
HGT hypothesized that a combination of acid and crack
propagation could be a cause for the cracks and started
HMC determined that a safety defect exists and decided to
conduct a recall.
As of March 6, 2014 Honda has received 187 warranty claims for this issue.
There have not been any fires or injuries reported. Ms. Nancy Lewis
Program for remedying the defect:
Due to the large volume of new parts needed to repair affected vehicles, the necessary
parts will not be available until the summer of 2014. As a result, owners will be informed
of the potential existence of the defect in an initial notification letter. A second notification
letter will be sent to inform owners when parts become available.
Customers currently experiencing a leak from the fuel pump will be provided with a
replacement cover from existing original parts. All vehicles, including those receiving an
interim repair, will require replacement once updated parts become available.
The estimated date to e-mail preliminary notification to dealers:
The estimated date to provide service bulletin to dealers:
The estimated date to begin sending notifications to owners:
The estimated date of completion of the notification:
March 12, 2014
March 13, 2014
April 21, 2014
May 9, 2014
Representative copies of all notices, bulletins and other communications:
A copy of the dealer service bulletin, the final customer notification letter and other dealer
communication will be submitted to your office as soon as possible.
Proposed owner notification letter submission:
A draft of the owner notification letter will be submitted to your office as soon as possible.
Manufacturer's campaign number:
JD9-Inspection and/or preliminary parts replacement
JEO- Final parts replacement