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I purchased a 2011 Honda Odyssey and discovered that squirrels prefer Honda too…
rodents eat engine components/wires containing soy product
My engine died recently because a squirrel had gnawed my wiring and other engine components. Unbeknownst to me, Honda is using soy based product in some of their engine parts rendering them very attractive to rodents. The re-wire alone cost around $ 1 300.00.
Honda is aware of their error (www.nbcnews.com). The problem of using soy beans in automobile parts was first documented in the 1940s, but apparently Honda neglected to do due diligence in researching the matter before proceeding to use foodstuffs in their engines (www.nbcnews.com). Honda’s solution: cover the engine components with capsaicin-containing tape, Honda part number: 4019–2317, to serve as a potential deterrent to rodents and place the burden of expense on the customer: $77.34 Canadian for a 20-meter roll, excluding cost of labour for installation (www.amazon.ca). I would prefer Honda replace the engine parts with a non-edible variety to prevent future motor vehicle accidents caused by engine failure due to gnawed wires/components.
A reputable company demonstrates commitment to public safety and good business practice by taking accountability for the decisions they make and recalling the affected vehicles. I have registered complaints with: carcomplaints.com, Center for Auto Safety (CAS) and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (www.hondaproblems.com). Moreover, I have been diligent about sharing my story and photos of the damage, repair bills, etc. with everyone I know. Moving forward, unlike my Odyssey, I will be sure that I never provide positive viva voce advertising for Honda.
Toronto, ON, Canada