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  • Honda is recalling nearly 250,000 Odyssey minivans due to the possibility of an electrical short that could lead to a fire in the third row.
  • There have been three incidents of a fire resulting from an exposed wire causing an electrical short.
  • Honda will notify owners about the recall starting March 16.

    Honda has issued a recall for its popular Odyssey for model years 2018–2020, over a a risk of fire occurring in the third-row seat. There are 241,339 potentially affected minivans in the U.S., the automaker said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    The problem could occur if the wire harness for the power outlet in the third row becomes pinched, damaging the wires, which can lead to an electrical short and potentially a fire. Three fires have been reported to date, but no injuries, according to Honda’s chronology of the defect filed with NHTSA. The fix for the recall is to use protective tape if the wire is undamaged, but if it is damaged, the dealer will replace it.

    The bulk of the recall covers vans built in 2018 and 2019, around 100,000 for each model year. Dealers were notified last week, and owners will be notified starting March 16. Odyssey owners can check the NHTSA recall website for more details or check Honda’s own recall website.

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