The Honda Motor Co. will recall thousands of its Odyssey minivans
amid concerns that potentially faulty sensors for the frontal air
Honda said the recall involved 85,154 Odyssey minivans from the 2005
model year. The company said the two sensors near the front bumper
may be susceptible to corrosion from road salt, leading the warning
light to turn on.
The warning light indicates a malfunction and instructs the driver
to have the vehicle repaired. The company said in a letter to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that some of the
sensors were insufficiently sealed during manufacturing.
Sara Pines, a Honda spokeswoman, said there have been no reports of
the frontal air bags improperly deploying or failing to deploy and
there have been no injuries associated with the sensors.
"Anything that's related to safety is important to us. We feel that
the best thing to do is simply to have this voluntary recall," Pines
The potential defect was noticed based on warranty claims and owners
coming into dealerships after their malfunction indicator light
Owners will be notified beginning in late August and dealers will
replace the sensors at no additional cost to the consumers.
The Odyssey has been a popular minivan. Through July, the automaker
had sold more than 105,000 in the United States, 15 percent more
than in 2004, according to research firm Autodata Corp.