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Faulty Seat Latch Injures Dozens, Forcing Honda to Recall 900,000 Odyssey Minivans


Honda has recalled some 900,000 Odyssey minivans because of a defective latch that could cause second-row outboard seats to tip forward during a sudden stop.

The majority of the recalled Odyssey minivans – over 800,000 — were sold in the United States.

Recall Affects Model Year 2011-2017 Odyssey Minivans

Announced Saturday, November 25, 2017, the Honda recall includes Odyssey minivans from the 2011-17 model years.

Honda is warning that the vehicle’s second-row outboard seat may not latch properly, which could cause the seat to tip forward during moderate or heavy braking.  The problem may occur:

  • After a seat has been adjusted to the side-to-side position, or
  • When a seat has been reinstalled following removal.

Faulty Seat Latches Suspected in 46 Injuries

Occupants of the minivan’s second-row seats could be injured during an unexpected stop. The faulty latch also increases the risk that a passenger could be hurt in a collision.

Honda said it has received 46 reports of “minor” injuries related to unlatched, second-row seats.

The company is working on a fix. Until then, owners of affected Odysseys are advised to exercise caution when ensuring that their minivan’s seats are properly latched.

Honda has posted a detailed instruction sheet outlining the steps to properly latch the seats to the floor. The company has also indicated that it will post an instructional video in the near future.

Honda Announced Minivan Recall Following Push from Regulator

Last year, Honda recalled more than 650,000 Odyssey minivans (2011-2016 model years) for the same defective seat latch. At the time, the company said the issue was the result of manufacturing variabilities that could cause the spring in the lever to deteriorate.

Honda dealers installed an additional bracket and spring to both second row outboard seats in an attempt to fix the issue.

Since announcing the 2016 recall, Honda has learned of additional complaints from Odyssey owners about seats not latching properly.  The company has indicated that at least some of these cases may be the result of dealers failing to properly reinstall the seats when carrying out the earlier recall.

Forbes noted that a document posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that Honda only agreed to conduct this latest Odyssey recall at the regulator’s insistence.

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