Your 2021 Honda Odyssey Could Catch Fire

Minivans have become less and less popular with the increasing interest in SUVs. While SUVs have skyrocketed in popularity, becoming one of the most common forms of transportation for many drivers, there are still a handful of minivan options hanging in there. In fact, to compete with the SUV market, minivans like the Honda Odyssey have gained great new features, technology, and even a bit of luxury. As a family-oriented vehicle, many drivers may want all of those things, but above all, they are looking for safety and reliability, and with one recall open for the 2021 Honda Odyssey so far, should potential buyers be thinking twice?

The 2021 Honda Odyssey recall isn’t a big deal

While we are only a few months into the 2021 calendar year, 2021 models for cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans were released at the end of the season last year, so it isn’t particularly odd or outstanding for some vehicles to have active recalls already. For the 2021 Honda Odyssey, the word recall may sound pretty scary, especially if drivers are looking for a reliable and safe family vehicle. Still, there are several reasons why this recall shouldn’t make you think twice.

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The minivan as a whole

Regardless of the small hiccup that is the active recall for the 2021 Honda Odyssey, the minivan is otherwise given decent enough reviews and is noted for being a generally well-rounded minivan, even if it isn’t particularly exciting. If you’ve been debating between this choice amongst the handful of options, the recall might be enough to turn you away, but it shouldn’t be a critical factor in your decision.

For one, recalls are handled by the manufacturer, from start to finish. The cost of repairs or replacements is absorbed by the manufacturer, which means it won’t cost you anything but time to have the recall rectified. More than that, not every vehicle of the make and model year will be affected by the recall, and you can check if your current vehicle, or a vehicle you are interested in buying, has any active recalls for free through the manufacturer’s website or the NHTSA app.

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Front view of Honda Odyssey minivan | Smith Collection/Gado, Getty Images

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What is the active recall for?

The active recall sounds pretty scary — well, anything that puts the word fire and your car in the same sentence tends to be. According to Consumer Reports, the fuel tank assembly, as modified by the company Braun, is vulnerable to potential leaks. As you can imagine, leaking fuel itself can be problematic, and in the case of a spark, it can cause the vehicle to catch fire. If your vehicle could potentially be affected, dealerships will inspect the fuel tank assembly for problems and fix them at no cost to owners.

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