A 2019 Honda Odyssey

Honda is recalling more than 50,000 Odyssey minivans from the 2018 and 2019 model years because the transmission may unexpectedly attempt to shift itself into Park while the vehicle is moving. This could damage the part of the transmission that keeps a car stationary when the driver puts the shifter into Park.

If this part of the transmission—known as a parking rod—is damaged, the vehicle could roll away when parked if the electronic parking brake is not also set. 

Honda said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem. Only Odyssey Touring and Touring Elite models equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions are affected by this recall.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2019 Honda Odyssey minivans manufactured from April 12, 2018 through Jan. 14, 2019 and certain 2018 Honda Odyssey minivans manufactured from Jan. 19, 2017 through April 16, 2018.

The problem: Either a faulty battery or a faulty battery connection could cause the computerized transmission controller to reboot while the vehicle is in motion. If that happens, the transmission will automatically attempt to shift itself into Park. That could damage the parking rod, which is the part of an automatic transmission that keeps a vehicle stationary when shifted into Park. As a result of this damage, the vehicle could roll away even if the vehicle is parked.

If the transmission attempts to shift into Park while the vehicle is in motion, drivers may notice noise or the feeling of added friction in the drivetrain. A Honda spokesman told CR that he's unaware of any instances when the transmission succeeded at shifting into Park at speed.

The fix: Honda will update the transmission controller’s software, tighten 12-volt battery cables, and replace the transmission free of charge if the parking gear does not work properly.

How to contact the manufacturer: The recall is expected to begin June 1, 2019. Owners of affected vehicles may also contact Honda at 888-234-2138.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V299. Honda's own numbers for this recall are Z4J and Y4K.

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