Recall Alert: 2014 Honda Odyssey

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 24,889 model-year 2014 Honda Odyssey minivans.

The Problem: A shorting coupler, an electrical component in the side curtain airbag system, must be replaced. During assembly of the electrical coupler for the side curtain airbag on the passenger's side of the vehicle, it is possible that the shorting terminal, which is used to prevent deployment of the airbag before it is assembled into the vehicle, may have been damaged. This may cause the supplemental restraint system indicator to illuminate and prevent the side curtain airbag from deploying in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. Honda said no crashes or injuries have been reported, and the problem was discovered through warranty repairs.

The Fix: The automaker will begin notifying owners by mail on May 16, and dealers will replace the shorting coupler for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or visit www.recalls.honda.com for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey

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Vehicles Affected: About 886,815 model-year 2005-10 Honda Odyssey minivans manufactured June 23, 2004, through Sept. 4, 2010

The Problem: The fuel pump strainer in these vehicles could deteriorate and allow fuel to leak. This could cause a fire.

"As of March 6, 2014, Honda has received 187 warranty claims for this issue. There have not been any fires or injuries reported," the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Honda will start notifying owners in April, but the automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that parts to permanently fix the issue are not yet available; it expects the parts to be available this summer. Any vehicles that are currently leaking from the fuel pump cover will get an interim replacement cover until the permanent fix can be made.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 16, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 Honda Odyssey Earns NHTSA Top Safety Score

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One of the most popular and capable family haulers is now officially one of the safest. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2014 Honda Odyssey an overall safety rating of five stars, the agency's highest score.

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NHTSA's rating comes after the minivan aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests. Last year, the Odyssey was the first minivan to earn IIHS's Top Safety Pick Plus award, scorong good in moderate-overlap front, side, seats and rollover tests as well as performing well in the difficult small-overlap front impact test.

The Odyssey got a light update for 2014, and aside from its new in-van vacuum cleaner, saw structural changes including more advanced high-strength steel door frames, floor pan and wheel wells to make the passenger compartment more rigid. Honda also notes that the 2014 Odyssey uses a "new type of side curtain airbag that includes a front chamber design intended to provide additional protection in situations where occupants move in a more angled outboard trajectory, such as those that occur in oblique or offset crashes," the automaker said in a statement.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Do You Need an All-Wheel Drive Minivan?

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The main mission of a minivan is to haul people, more so than even the more popular SUVs that account for more than 30 percent of new-vehicle sales.

Yet, whereas more than half of SUVs are equipped with all- or four-wheel drive, Toyota stands alone among minivan manufacturers in offering all-wheel drive, which is installed on about 17 percent of Siennas sold in the U.S. In contrast, about 60 percent of Toyota Highlander SUVs are equipped with all-wheel drive.

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That percentage apparently is enough to satisfy the bean counters at Toyota, which has the all-wheel-drive minivan niche all to itself; the Sienna's main rivals seem to be in no hurry to try to crash that party.

By Rick Popely | February 5, 2014 | Comments (13)

2014 Honda Odyssey: Family Review Checklist

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The 2014 Honda Odyssey is the minivan that even hipsters like. It's true; even my childless friends — the ones with asymmetrical haircuts and glasses that are worn only for looks — complimented the Odyssey during my weeklong test drive. If those without children can see the benefits of this minivan, imagine how this mother of three felt during the test drive.

In addition to a refreshed exterior, the 2014 Odyssey has best-in-class fuel economy and seating for eight. When it comes to family-friendly transportation, the Odyssey is as good as it gets.

My test van, the top-line Odyssey Touring Elite, had a standard 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Even though I was often carting around a gaggle of little people and all their gear, the Odyssey handled freeway on-ramps with ease. The Odyssey gets an EPA-estimated 19/28/22 mpg city/highway/combined. I averaged 22 mpg during my week driving the Odyssey.

By BreAnn Ahara | December 13, 2013 | Comments (8)

Strap in the Kids! Honda Unleashes 1,000-HP Odyssey at SEMA: Photo Gallery

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What happens when you put the innovative minds of a car customizer known for performance-tuning Porsches in charge of souping up a vehicle best known for ferrying children to and from varied after-school sporting events? You get the 1,029-horsepower soccer-mom minivan from H-E-double-hockey-sticks — otherwise known as the Bisimoto 2014 Honda Odyssey Project — guaranteed to have all the kiddies in the suburbs squealing, "Mommy, no!"

Southern California-based Bisimoto Engineering created their "Power Van" based on the 2014 Honda Odyssey, reimagining the standard minivan's respectable 3.5-liter V-6 as a twin-turbo powerhouse with more than triple the horsepower and mating it to a six-speed manual transmission. That's in addition to a customized cabin and a low-riding, aggressive exterior restyle just to drive home the absurdity of it all. No word on whether the HondaVac is optional.

The Bisimoto Odyssey was unveiled this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | November 8, 2013 | Comments (10)

Recall Alert: 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey

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Vehicles Affected: 344,187 model-year 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey minivans manufactured between Aug. 8, 2006, and Sept. 8, 2008.

The Problem: Due to a combination of system components and software, the Vehicle Safety Assist system may apply the brakes unexpectedly without illuminating the brake lights. A sudden hard brake with no indication to following drivers increases the risk of a crash.

By Matt Schmitz | November 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Does the Honda Odyssey Come with Roof Rails?

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By Rick Popely | October 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Honda Odyssey Cars.com Review

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Yeah, that's right: The top trim level of the 2014 Honda Odyssey has a built-in vacuum cleaner. While offering much more than this handy, if gimmicky, feature, it's that attention to family needs that defines this mother of all minivans. Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says seating, comfort and cargo are all as generous as one would expect — and often better — but the Odyssey also boasts plentiful power, precise handling and thoughtful "gadgets, cubbies and gizmos" for transporting one's brood with maximum practicality and minimum fuss. Read Thomas' review below.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 18, 2013 | Comments (10)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATE 10/15/2013:
Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

By Jennifer Newman | October 15, 2013 | Comments (100)

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