Lemberg Law is investigating consumer complaints regarding the 2022 Honda Odyssey Transmission & Powertrain. Clients have been telling our firm that the Honda Odyssey powertrain appears to be defective and potentially dangerous.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already logged 10 consumer complaints regarding this issue on the 2021 Honda Odyssey in the last six months.
Many complaints state that the powertrain failed while going at high rates of speed, potentially putting the driver, passengers and other drivers at risk. Here are some samples:
We were driving with less than 1500 miles on the car on the interstate at roughly 70 miles an hour. Out of nowhere, the gears began slipping and when pressing the accelerator, RPMs revved to high levels but there was no acceleration as if we were driving in neutral. We were able to coast to the side of the interstate and down an off ramp. After restarting the vehicle, a litany of orange warning lights came on. Gears continued to slip resulting in the car being towed to a nearby Honda dealership where the transmission was completed replaced (Again, with less than 1500 miles on the car). This was a significant safety issue with three children in the car where we could not accelerate while driving at 70 MPH on the interstate. Numerous instances of this problem have been identified in the last 4 months alone.
We purchased our 2022 Honda Odyssey mini van less than a month ago. We drove it off the lot at I think 20 miles? All was great, we love the van. Until… I drove from The Colony to Justin. We were having our floors redone and I needed to take our toddler and infant away each day while our house was worked on. I was going to go back and forth Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It was our first “long” trip as we don’t really go anywhere due to Covid. The van drove great Until we came home Thursday evening. I was 25 miles into our trip, driving 75 mph keeping up with the traffic on 121 and all a sudden my van had a huge thud jerk like as if I hit a curb and then I lost all acceleration. I hit the gas and all that happened was the RPMs would skyrocket but no power. My speed went from 75 to 40 to 20 within seconds. I’m in the middle lane with cars speeding past and a semi coming up behind me. I AM SCARED!! I quickly call my husband while I attempt to get to to shoulder. I finally get over and I put the van in park. Cars are going so fast that the van is shaking anytime a car goes by. I put the van in drive in hopes to get to an exit. Absolutely NO acceleration. I KNEW this was a transmission issue. I was able to coast off to the next exit and into a parking lot. I had it towed to the dealer. Upon first inspection they said nothing was wrong with it. I told them to keep checking because there was something major wrong with it. A few hours later they called and said my transmission was being replaced and that Honda was aware of some issues with this year’s transmission. I asked if there was a recall yet as this was dangerous. They said no. I feel that’s extremely unsafe to continue to sell these vans without disclosing the known transmission issue. I feel quite cheated that I was allowed to buy a $40000 without any disclosure of a potential issue. We would have waited to buy a van then. Very very unethical
We were driving our 2022 Honda Odessey Elite Van going 70 mph when the transmission shifted into neutral without warning on a busy interstate causing the van to no longer accelerate. We thankfully were able to coast to the shoulder, but we were unable to get the car to accelerate after the fact. There were no warning lights or indicator lights of any kind that went off leading up to the transmission failing. The car was towed to a local dealer (we were 4 hours from home) who confirmed that there was an issue with the transmission gears “miss numbering” and the transmission needed to be fully replaced after only 2,000 miles on the car. This is a significant safety issue given this occurred without warning and while the car was traveling at a high rate of speed. It not only put us as the drivers of the car at risk, but others on the road. Our car is still in the shop and the replacement of the transmission is in progress. I have seen others post of the exact same issue in online forums and it does not appear to be an isolated incident with the 2022 models.
When you buy a new car, you expect it to be dependable. Oftentimes, though, manufacturers become aware of defects yet don’t take immediate steps to correct the issue, Lemberg Law is dedicated to holding car manufacturers accountable for automotive defects including Honda. We would welcome the opportunity to represent you.
If your 2022 Honda Odyssey’s transmission/powertrain is showing signs of failure, you may have a lemon. Complete our case evaluation form or call us at 877-795-3666
About the Author:
Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.