Honda Withdraws Over 240,000 Odyssey Minivans

The Japanese company will withdraw more than 240,000 Honda Odyssey minivans. The reason for that decision is an intermittent electrical short, which could overheat the wire harness, and increase the risk of fire. According to the reports filed with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), Honda will recall Odyssey EX-L, Touring, and Elite models from 2018-2020.

The main problem is that the wire harness for the third-row seat accessory power outlet could get pressed between the unibody and the rear panel. Therefore, it could cause damage and create an electrical short. To quote the company’s press release: “If the wire harness was damaged, a short circuit can occur, heating the plastic harness cover and potentially leading to a fire.”

Furthermore, Honda will inform the owners and dealers will inspect the third-row seat accessory power outlet wire harness to see if there’s any damage and replace it if required. If no damage is detected, the dealer will use protective tape and re-route the harness. The carmaker is publishing this withdraw to encourage the owners of damaged vehicles to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they get the notification from the company. Honda will begin mailing the announcement in March 2020.


What To Know About 2020 Honda Odyssey

A couple of months ago, the Japanese automaker announced that it would release a special edition of Honda Odyssey, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the minivan. The 2020 Odyssey includes a brand-new 10-speed automatic gearbox, chrome roof rack, lower door garnish, body-side molding, and chrome rear bumper protector.

Furthermore, the illuminated plates, key fob, unique badging on the front fenders and tailgate are included as well. Also, Honda offers a premium 10-speed automatic gearbox, with a fuel-saving engine stop/start feature. Under the hood, you’ll find a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine, that makes 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 Odyssey minivan returns 19 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. But, one of the downsides of this model could be the infotainment system. There’s a lot of unsatisfied customers, and the company must address this issue as soon as possible.


Price and Configurations

The entry-level of 2020 Honda Odyssey LX starts at $30,700. The next trim is the EX trim. This model offers Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist. Also, the Magic Slide 2nd-row seats, power sliding doors, tri-zone climate control are available. The starting price is $34,700.

On the other hand, the EX-L adds the leather upholstery, one-touch moonroof, and power liftgate. The starting price of the EX-L is $38,000. However, if you choose the optional rear-seat entertainment and navigation, that will raise the amount over $40,000. The Touring model starts just below $45,000. The equipment includes LED headlamps, HondaVac vacuum, CabinWatch monitor, and HondaLink with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

The range-topping Elite trim comes with the heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, ventilated front seats, and much more. The most expensive Odyssey costs around $47,500. The destination charge is $1,095 for every trim level.

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