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Honda recalls 880,000 vehicles over fuel leaks

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Honda Odyssey, 2014 model.

Honda is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the United States due to fuel leak concerns.

The automaker's Odyssey model, produced between 2005 and 2010 at a plant in Alabama, are all included within the minivan recall.

According to a report (.PDF) released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the minivans are a potential fire hazard. The agency says that a cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high temperature and chemicals, resulting in a fuel leak -- which can then become a potential vehicle fire.

Honda says that no fires, accidents or injuries have been reported due to the problem.

Owners of affected vehicles will be informed of the recall next month, and parts to repair the models will be available during the summer. In the meantime, Honda will provide owners with "interim" parts to keep the vehicles safe.

Last year, Honda recalled over 600,000 Odyssey models due to braking and air bag deployment malfunctions.

Read on: Associated Press

Image credit: Honda

— By on March 17, 2014, 4:57 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure