Honda is recalling about 241,000 Odyssey minivans from 2018 through 2020 model years because a wire in the third row may short-circuit and catch fire. According to Consumer Reports, the problem is due to an improperly installed interior trim piece that could damage the wiring that leads to a third-row power outlet. The damages wiring could cause a short circuit, which could in turn lead to a fire.
Details of the Recall
Honda dealers will inspect the vehicles and repair or replace the wiring on affected vehicles. Honda said it is aware of three fires and is not aware of any injuries related to this problem. When the recall begins in mid-March, dealers will inspect the wire harness. If it is not damaged, they will reroute it and wrap it in electrical tape.
If it is damaged, they will replace it free of charge to consumers. For more information, vehicles owners may visit Honda’s recall page or call 1-888-234-2138 for more information. Vehicle owners can plug in their 17-digit vehicle identification number or VIN on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website to check if their vehicle has open recalls that require repairs.
Damages from Vehicle Fires
A number of vehicle fires occur as a result of defective manufacturing or a design flaw. Fires result in smoke inhalation injuries or burn injuries that could prove catastrophic or even fatal. If you have been injured in a car fire, it would be in your best interest to preserve the vehicle in its current condition so an expert can inspect it thoroughly for all evidence including defects, faulty parts and defective design. If it is determined that the accident resulted from a mechanical malfunction or a defective auto part, then, the automaker or product manufacturer could be held accountable.
Injured victims of defective autos can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs and lost future income. An experienced auto defect lawyer can help you gain a better understanding of your legal rights and options and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.