Basics: Honda is recalling a grand number of 641,302 Odyssey minivans produced between for two separate problems that both involve the locking mechanism for the sliding second-row seats. This mechanism lets the second row to move forward in order to give access to the third row. The issue affects Odysseys from model year 2011 to 2016. According to Automotive News, Honda has given a stop-sale until the fix is completed. This is all ahead of the next-generation Odyssey’s debut next month.
The Issue: Two recalls – one for the outboard seats and one for the center seat – have been brought out to fix an issue where the seats fail to lock back in place after being slid forward. The worry is that the seats could come loose and cause injury in the event of a crash. The outboard seat issue affects cars built from August 17, 2010 to October 1, 2015 while the center seat problem can be found on Odysseys produced from September 23, 2016 to October 24, 2016.
Casualties/Deaths: No casualties or deaths have been connected to either recall. The problems with the outboard seats were reviewed when analyzing warranty claims while the center seat problem was reviewed through internal quality checks.
The Solution: Honda will review affected owners late next month. Unfortunately, because of the large number of affected cars, parts won’t be ready for a few months. For the outboard seats, Honda users will mount an additional bracket and spring. For the center seat, Honda users will install a new adjustment bar.
If you are the owner of one: Wait for Honda to send to you that the solution is ready. Until then, Honda recommends that users manually lock the seat by pushing down on the adjustment bar. Owners can determine if their Odyssey is affected by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.