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July  7, 1999

Honda Recalls 1999 Odyssey Mini-Vans Because of Sticking Throttles and Door Latches

WASHINGTON, July 21 ( -  Three recalls on 1999 Odyssey mini-vans have been added to the list maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The first recall affected certain 1999 Honda Odyssey mini-vans manufactured between August, 1998 and  April 1999.

In extremely cold, wet weather, ice can form in the throttle body preventing the throttle's return to the idle position. This could cause the throttle to remain open even though the driver has removed his or her foot from the accelerator pedal.  If the vehicle continues to maintain speed when the driver is expecting the vehicle to slow, a crash could occur.

To remedy this situation dealers will drill two additional drain holes in the bottom of the resonator.

The second recall, according to the NHTSA,   involves certain 1999 Honda Odyssey mini-vans manufactured between August, 1998 and   March 1999. 

An improperly latched door could open unexpectedly while the vehicle is in motion. Under certain circumstances, a door could open completely. An unrestrained rear seat passenger could fall out of an open door of a moving vehicle and be seriously injured or killed.

Dealers will replace the door latch assembly to ensure proper functionality.

In another door related recall, certain 1999 Honda Odyssey mini-vans, manufactured between August, 1998 and  January 1999, excessive grease in the power door lock actuator could cause a slow return of the activation lever to the proper latching position.

If the activation lever has not returned to the proper latching position by the time the sliding door closes, the door will not latch.  

Dealers will replace the power door lock remote control assembly To prevent this from occuring.

Owner notification on all three recalls is expected to begin during July 1999.  Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.  Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners to contact the Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236) if they do not recieve the free remedy.