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.

2014 Honda Odyssey Car Seat Check

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 (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 (9)

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 Video

In high-school-hierarchy terms, being the undisputed king of minivans might be the cool equivalent of being president of the math club, Latin club and physics club. But according to Cars.com reviewer David Thomas, if you're a practical parent too busy to be overly image conscious, the Honda Odyssey is the minivan vanguard. The zippy, maneuverable 2014 Odyssey updates exterior styling, adds family-friendly tech features and improves fuel economy. But you've just got to get hip to that handy HondaVac available on the highest trim level — it might be extravagant, but it sure doesn't suck. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey; 2003 Acura MDX

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 318,000 model-year 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey minivans and approximately 56,000 model-year 2003 Acura MDX crossovers. 

The Problem: The supplemental restraint system (airbag system) could malfunction due to electrical interference. "Honda has received a small but increasing number of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment in these vehicles," the automaker said in a statement. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue, however.

The Fix: Dealers will install an electrical noise filter adjacent to the SRS control unit for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners starting in late October. Owners can visit www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or call 800-999-1009 (Honda) or 800-382-2238 (Acura) for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 19, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Honda Odyssey: Car Seat Check

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As Cars.com's 2013 Family Car of the Year award winner, Honda's minivan had better deliver in the car-seat department. It sure did in our Car Seat Check. For 2014, the Odyssey gets a light refresh and some pretty exciting equipment — the HondaVac in-van vacuum cleaner joins the topline trim.

Plenty of convenience features, loads of room and excellent Latch anchors continue to make the Odyssey one of the most family-friendly vehicles on the market; a third row with two sets of Latch anchors and a second row that fits three car seats are added bonuses.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 12, 2013 | Comments (2)

Suction Wars: The HondaVac Versus My DustBuster

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Kids are great. One thing they're definitely not, however, is tidy. My family spends much of the weekend on the road, logging lots of miles and meals in the car — add a 3-year-old to the mix and you can guarantee a mess or two. Each Sunday we return with a little more than we left with, usually extra sand in our shoes or the remnants of en-route snacks. The last thing I do before returning a test car is give it a good once-over with my DustBuster.

When Honda debuted the first in-van vacuum system in the 2014 Odyssey, I was eager to test if it would add a little convenience to my weekly car-cleaning ritual. But how does it hold up against my trusty Black & Decker DustBuster? I peppered all three rows of the Odyssey with sand and Cheerios to find out.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 11, 2013 | Comments (5)

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