Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2014 and 2015 Honda Odyssey shows an early trend of transmission problems with clunking/jerking when shifting gears.

Most of these Odyssey transmissions are still under warranty, but so far Toyota generally hasn't been able to diagnose or fix the clunking problem — that's the reason for our low rating. Some owners have reported it was a stuck solenoid, & in a few cases Honda has replaced the entire transmission.

As more of these Odysseys start exceeding the 60,000-mile powertrain warranty limit, buyer beware.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,042 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2015 Honda Odyssey lights problems

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2015 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 172016


  • 18 miles


Honda is using soy product on wiring and it attracts squireels to eat my wires. The rodents ate the wires three times so far. While driving with children in car, my breaks did not work properly. I also had no windshield wipers or lights. It was raining. It was so scary. I have video of the squirrels underneath the hood

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 012015


  • 9,000 miles
While parked, when starting the vehicle, the headlights and windshield wipers will not come on. After about an hour, they come back on. Happened twice so far. Only 9000 miles on the vehicle. The dealer says they have never heard of this. Can't find the cause of the problem.

- Plain City, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 112015


  • 3,000 miles
During rain at night, very little of the low beams reach the road way. The pattern of light from the projector type low beam is such that there is a bright line about 2 - 3 feet above the ground at 25 feet. Above that it sharply fades to almost nothing. Below that line, it gradually fades to darkness at ground level. At the factory setting, there could be more light higher up. The real issue is that very little light gets to the road. During rain, roadway center and side lines are not visible, however, reflective material about 1 foot off the ground is incredibly bright. Oi have taken the van to the dealer and they told me there is no solution. It is incredibly dangerous as there is insufficient light to illuminate roadway lane lines.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 092015


  • 150 miles
This was our first experience driving our new 2015 Honda Odyssey after dark. It was frightening when we found ourselves on a familiar country road and unable to see the usual landmarks which tell us where we are. The problem is with the low beam headlights. Illuminated vision is very bright on the road close to the vehicle but there is a line midway up the windshield above which it is totally black. This line bobs up and down with curves and dips in the road in a distracting manner which prevents your vision focusing. The light also does not extend very far in front of the vehicle even on flat parts of the road. This is begging for an accident. We could easily have hit a deer or even a human being walking or bicycling on the road had there been one. We stopped driving after dark until we could get an appointment with our dealership. Our dealer's mechanic informed us that cannot be fixed. He also said the Chevy Malibu has the same problem. I have located an online forum where the same problem is described for a 2011 Honda Odyssey and Honda's response to them was the same as to us. Honda is obviously aware of the issue and has not addressed it for 5 vehicle seasons. We were not informed of this "design flaw" when we purchased the car. Either the problem should be fixed or a disclosure made to the customer. We owned and drove a 2006 Honda Odyssey for 6 years and the headlights, low and high beam, were the best we ever experienced. This vehicle is not safe to drive after dark except in illuminated areas or behind another vehicle using its lights. Honda shouldn't be waiting to collect enough bodies to necessitate action.

- Geneva, NY, USA

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